Colorado Lottery Games

Only Colorado residents can take part in the following Colorado lottery games:

GamePrize TypeNumbersSale Closes
Pick 3 MiddayTop Prize3 from 0-91:30 p.m.
Pick 3 EveningTop Prize3 from 0-97:30 p.m.
Cash 5Top Prize5 from 1-327:30 p.m.
Colorado Lotto+Jackpot6 from 1-407:30 p.m.
PowerballJackpot5 from 1-69 + 1 from 1-267:30 p.m.
Mega MillionsJackpot5 from 1-70 + 1 from 1-257:30 p.m.
Lucky for LifeTop Prize5 from 1-48 + 1 from 1-187:30 p.m.

Game Schedule

Pick 3 Midday1:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Pick 3 Evening7:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Cash 57:35 p.m.7:35 p.m.7:35 p.m.7:35 p.m.7:35 p.m.7:35 p.m.7:35 p.m.
Colorado Lotto+7:35 p.m.7:35 p.m.
Powerball9:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Mega Millions9:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Lucky for Life8:38 p.m.8:30 p.m.

*All times are displayed in Coloarado local time.

Colorado Lottery COVID 19 Update

Please stay alert as scammers are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Example of a fraud in Colorado: Individuals are being contacted by a scammer claiming to be named Jerry Morgan that claim he is from the “Unclaimed Prizes” department of the Lottery. His caller ID number is 407.564.0800.

Draws & Game Updates

All games will continue as normal but Minimum jackpot (starting jackpots) for Colorado Powerball and Mega Millions have been removed.

All will be published before each draw and depends on ticket sales and interest rates.

Closed Centers

All claim centers in Colorado are open to appointment scheduling

Claiming a Winning Ticket

  • For prizes of $1 – $599, Check with your local retailer to see if they’ll award you your prize, or mail your signed winning ticket to Colorado Lottery, PO BOX 7, Pueblo, CO 81002. Please allow one to two weeks for processing, and a check will be mailed to you. You have 180 days to claim your prize. 
  • For prizes over $600, You must claim at a Colorado Lottery Claim Center in person by calling 1-800-999-2959 to make an appointment or you can mail your completed Colorado Lottery Prize Claim Form and signed winning ticket to Colorado Lottery, PO BOX 7, Pueblo, CO 81002. Please allow one to two weeks for processing, and a check will be mailed to you. Incomplete forms may result in a delay. You have 180 days to claim your prize.

Advance Draws

Number of consecutive draws each Colorado State Lottery games allows you to play:

GameAdvanced Draws
Pick 3 Middayup to 28
Pick 3 Eveningup to 28
Cash 5up to 91
Colorado Lotto+up to 26
Powerballup to 26
Mega Millionsup to 26
Lucky for Lifeup to 26

Tax Information

Colorado Lottery Federal, and state tax withholdings on winnings for U.S. citizens or residents. 

WinningsTax CategoryPercentage
Over $5,000State Tax4.0%
Over $5,000Federal Tax24.0%

If the winner is not a U.S. citizen or is not a US resident, Colorado Lottery tax withholdings on winnings are as such:

WinningsTax CategoryPercentage
Over $5,000State Tax4.0%
Over $5,000Federal Tax30.0%

About the Colorado Lottery

The Colorado Lottery was established in 1983, and the first drawing took place on April 23. The organization has been serving the state by investing in the causes and initiatives important to the residents.

The initiatives include protecting the state's ecosystem, investing in better parks, recreation facilities, public schools, and open spaces. The annual reports are publicly available on the lottery website. As the site claims, the games have given more than $3.5 billion back to the community.

Initially, when the games started, the organization only sold scratch tickets. Over the years, the game library expanded, adding multi-state draw games to the in-house ones.

Today, with the Advance Play option, you can buy tickets for the upcoming 13 weeks' worth of attempts for all the draw games. For specific games, the same numbers can be valid for up to 56 drawings.

Lottery Colorado urges the players to participate in the games. The help, they say, makes Colorado a better place to live. However, safety comes first. The initiative has all the precautions in place for responsible gambling and minor protection.

Colorado Lottery FAQ

Colorado State Lottery’s library consists of the following games:


Play 3 is a simple, three-digit game. You pick one digit, select the betting option, and the wager amount. All else, you leave to chance.

Cash 5 started in 1996. It’s very similar to Play 3, but instead of choosing three digits from ten, you select five numbers from 32. The game also offers a jackpot.

Colorado Lotto + is a recent addition to the organization’s game lineup. It came to replace the famous Colorado Lotto (without the “+”). The newest iteration gives the players better odds and non-jackpot multipliers.

Colorado Lottery Scratch games are plentiful. You’ll find almost 70 such games with different prizes and for different prices.

Colorado Lottery Mega Millions came to the state on October 13, 2009. Fun fact: nobody from Colorado has yet won a Mega Millions jackpot.

Colorado Lottery Powerball has been sold in the state since April 2001. The largest Colorado jackpot win was $133 million.

Colorado Lottery Lucky For Life is a quasi-national game. First of all, you choose five out of 48 numbers for the white ball. Then, you select one out of 18 for the Lucky ball. You buy the ticket and wait.

The state lottery also has two discontinued games: Colorado Lotto (ended on September 22, 2019) and MatchPlay (ended on June 29, 2012).

Valid tickets for the Colorado Lottery are only sold at licensed retailers. Any offers to buy tickets over the phone, on the Internet, or any other place might lead you to a scam.

The Colorado Lottery numbers on scratch games, as well as the drawing process, is entirely random. No strategy can guarantee you a win. Also, the odds differ depending on the game. We advise you to check the odds of the game before playing.

No. By claiming the prize, Colorado Lottery winners become a part of the Colorado Open Records Act. You automatically agree to make your first name and the first letter of your last name public. However, you don’t have to pose for a photo.

Choose one of the methods below to claim your prize after you learn the Colorado Lottery results:


Local Retailer or Colorado Lottery Claim Centers (less than $599)

Colorado Lottery Claim Centers ($600 and more)

Regardless of the amount you won, another option is to mail the signed ticket to Colorado Lottery. For the higher prizes, you’ll also have to post a claim form along with the ticket.

Yes. Both state and federal taxes apply to the winnings of the Colorado Lottery. For the winnings exceeding $5,000, the state tax will be at 4%, and the federal tax will go up to 24%.

Yes. You can still experience the whole thrill of playing Colorado Lottery games. However, if you aren’t a resident of the state, the tax rates will be slightly higher than for the residents.

The results of the Colorado Lottery can be found on the official website of the games,

The results of the Colorado Lottery become invalid after 180 days from the date of the draw. Please make sure you claim the winnings before then.

The only way to prove you’ve won is to show the signed ticket at the claim center. Torn or damaged tickets won’t be valid.

Yes. You’ll find the Android version at the Play Store, and the iOS app is available for all iPhone users (8 and above) through the App Store.


Both applications make it a breeze to navigate the data on the website, check past winning numbers, and read the news. The apps can notify you about events like Bonus Draws, new Scratch games, promotions, etc. The program also offers you the Colorado Lottery ticket scanner feature for greater convenience.


The website also has a neat mobile version for easier and faster access.

There are several ways to check if you’ve won:


The Lottery Terminal at a retailer of your choice

Lottery Ticket Checker (available at select retailers)

Scanning the barcode via the Lottery’s mobile app

Each scratch ticket also has Colorado Lottery codes hidden under its scratch-off coating. When you reveal it, you’ll know what your prize is.

The biggest Jackpot win in Colorado history dropped on March 25, 1992. The lucky lady, Kim Walker, was a student at Boulder University.


The most recent big win was on May 13, 2020, when a man from Aurora managed to pull off a half a million-dollar win for Colorado Lottery Second Chance drawing.

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