State Sen. Tapia named lottery director

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State Sen. Abel Tapia of Pueblo has been named Director of the Colorado Lottery.

Tapia was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1999 and to the Colorado
Senate in 2003. During his tenure, Tapia was the Senate President Pro Tem and the
Chairman of the Joint Budget Committee.

Between 1985 and 2008, Tapia owned Abel Engineering Professionals Inc., a full-service
civil-engineering company based in Pueblo.

The Colorado Lottery, which is based in Pueblo, is a division of the Colorado Department of Revenue.

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games – Lotto, Mega Millions, Powerball,
MatchPlay, Cash 5 and Scratch-  are used for programs intended to improve quality of life in the state.

The Lottery has returned more than $2.2 billion to the state of Colorado since it was
established in 1983. Through Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund and
Colorado State Parks, the Lottery has provided money for new trails, open space
and wildlife protection.