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New and improved Lotto begins September 22

Posted at 6:33 PM, Sep 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-02 21:16:54-04

PUEBLO, Colorado — For the first time in 30 years, Colorado's Lotto is getting a face lift. Staring September 22, the state lottery drawing will be called Lotto+ and it will come with a higher ticket price and better odds of winning.

The new $2 ticket will have a smaller number matrix for players to pick their winning numbers from.

"For that extra dollar, we're making the odds of winning better by lowering the number of numbers from 42 to 40," explained Colorado Lottery Director Tom Seaver.

Lotto+ tickets will also come with a random multiplier that will automatically double, triple, quadruple or quintuple all non-jackpot prizes. Under the new structure, the overall odds of winning improve from 1 in 35 to 1 in 30. Jackpot odds improve from 1 in 5,245,786 to 1 in 3,838,830.

"We're really enhancing the play of lotto and making easier to win and bigger and more prizes," Seaver said.

Players visiting the Colorado Lottery building at the State Fair this weekend said they're intrigued by the new rules.

"With the odds being up, I'm definitely going to play more," said Theo Lebow.

"Yeah, of course I like better odds, but we're gonna try," Lisa Seekings said. "Not that we'll ever win but we're going to try."

Seekings prefers to play Powerball and Mega Millions, but liked the better odds that Lotto+ is promising. Lottery Director Seaver said many features of Lotto+ are similar those offered by Powerball and Mega Millions. The Colorado Lottery Commission updated Lotto so that players can have similar ways to win in our state drawing.