From The Denver Post (Jason Blevins):
…the state’s lottery has distributed more than $2.4 billion to Colorado parks, recreation, open space, conservation and public-school construction. Almost $150 million has gone to the city and county of Denver, with a large chunk of that going to river restoration, parks and recreation along the city’s South Platte.
Thirty years ago, Colorado Lottery boosters hoped the program would generate $35 million for the state’s construction projects and parks. The first year saw $41 million in proceeds, and the lottery has defied economic turmoil ever since, posting a record $545.3 million in sales in fiscal 2012 and directing $123.2 million toward the state’s efforts to protect land, water and wildlife and promote outdoor recreation, especially for kids.
More conservation coverage here.