Lottery Proceeds Benefiting Mesa County Projects
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Every time you buy a lottery ticket proceeds from the ticket go to Great Outdoors Colorado, the Department of Local Affairs and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
These three organizations then reinvest the proceeds into the community, most of the time focusing on recreation.
"Profits from the sale of lottery products go back to the state of Colorado. Then, they go toward parks and recreation and conservation funding," said spokesperson for the Colorado Lottery, Heather Black.
Since the lottery was commissioned in 1983, these organizations have combined to distribute over $52 million in proceeds to Mesa County.
The largest purveyor of funds for Mesa County has been Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO). GOCO has granted Mesa County $27.7 million in grants so far.
"We have a project underway right now at Lincoln Park that received $250,000 in funding. They also helped us with Rocket Park, Canyon View Park, some of our trail improvements along the Blue Heron Trail and Orchard Mesa," said parks and recreation director Rob Schoeber.
Lottery officials say the more Mesa County organizations apply for through GOCO grants, the more lottery proceeds we could see being reinvested back into the community.
Even if you don't win the grand prize on a lottery ticket, Schoeber says, "It's a great feeling to know when you purchase a ticket, you're going to help your local parks and recreation."