The Colorado State Lottery Amendment, also known as Colorado Referendum 2, was on the November 4, 1980 ballot in Colorado as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure authorized the establishment of a state-supervised lottery and that the net proceeds of the lottery would be put in the state's conservation trust fund.
| Colorado Referendum 2 (1980)|
| Yes|| 660,213|| 59.83%|
Election Results from: State Legislative Council, Ballot History
Text of measure
- See also: Colorado State Constitution, Article XVIII
The language appeared on the ballot as:
|| An amendment to Section 2 of Article XVIII of the Constitution of the State of Colorado, authorizing the establishment of a state-supervised lottery with the net proceeds unless otherwise authorized by statute, allocated to the conservation trust fund of the state for distribution to municipalities and counties for park, recreation and open space purposes.
Referendum 2 amended Article XVIII of the Colorado Constitution to read:
...(7) Any provision of this constitution to the contrary notwithstanding, the general assembly may establish a statesupervised lottery. Unless otherwise provided by statute, all proceeds from the lottery, after deduction of prizes and expenses, shall be allocated to the conservation trust fund of the state for distribution to municipalities and counties for park, recreation, and open space purposes.