Legislature Approves Bill to Reauthorize Lottery, Continue Funding Outdoor Recreation and Land Conservation
 
Friday the Colorado General Assembly passed SB18-066, sending it to Governor Hickenlooper’s desk for signature. The bill reauthorizes the Lottery Division, which will expire in 2024 without legislation, to administer the program for 25 additional years. The proceeds from Colorado’s lottery support outdoor recreation and land conservation in all 64 counties in the state.
 
“Colorado is the only state that distributes 100% of lottery proceeds to support outdoor recreation and land conservation,” said Scott Braden, Wilderness and Public Lands Advocate at Conservation Colorado. “The legislature’s support for lottery reauthorization sends a clear message that we value our public lands — from city playgrounds to state parks. With this bill, we will ensure that Coloradans can continue to access and enjoy the trails, rivers, and wildlife we all treasure.”
 
Half of the proceeds from Colorado’s Lottery go to a program called Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO). GOCO has returned more than $1.1 billion in funding to the people of Colorado. These projects have helped connect families to the outdoors, created and enhanced community trails and parks, built outdoor recreation facilities, preserved wild spaces and wildlife habitat, and improved river access and quality.
 
GOCO has funded projects from the Eastern Plains to the Western Slope, including:
 • Creating and improving over 1,600 community parks and outdoor recreation areas.
 • Conserving more than one million acres.
 • Restoring or reconstructing 900 miles of trails.
 • Protecting nearly 1,000 miles of rivers.
 • Adding over 47,000 acres to the state parks system.
 • Investing in efforts supporting 43 endangered or threatened species.

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