- Jan 12:
- Forget the odds: What if you win the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot?
- Lottery players go to great lengths for Powerball tickets
- Powerball jackpot increases again to $1.5B on
- strong sales
- AP News Guide: A look at the record Powerball drawing
Powerball ticket sales have nearly doubled daily in Colorado since no one won the jackpot over the weekend and the multi-state lottery jumped into billion-dollar territory.
On Tuesday, Colorado dreamers purchased $6.3 million worth of tickets for tonight's $1.5 billion jackpot. Monday's sales hit $3.6 million. Sunday's sales were $1.9 million.
On a typical week, lottery ticket sales in the state are about $1.3 million to $1.4 million.
For the current Powerball run of 20 drawings, $50 million has been spent on tickets in Colorado.
Despite the increase in ticket sales, the jackpot will remain at $1.5 billion for tonight's 8:59 p.m. drawing. It had been increasing $100 million per day since the weekend.
"If the jackpot rolls, it will go to $2 billion for Saturday's drawing," said Brooke Christopher, communications manager for the Colorado Lottery.
Approximately 24 percent of ticket purchases made in Colorado will go toward funding state parks, outdoor recreation and schools.
At $50 million, the state's cut is $12 million.
Last fiscal year, the state received $128 million for all lottery sales.
Should a Colorado ticket win, the winner can create a trust fund or limited liability company to stay anonymous. Read more about what to do if you do win at " Forget the odds: What if you win the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot?"