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Colorado Rockies superstar Todd Helton — who once signed a $141.5 MILLION contract — was arrested for DUI while trying to drunkenly buy LOTTERY TICKETS … this according to cops. 

TMZ obtained the police report filed by the Thornton Police Department after the 39-year-old slugger was popped at a gas station in Colorado early Wednesday morning.

According to the report, cops tracked down Helton after receiving a tip that Todd’s black Ford F-150 had struck a median and then parked at a nearby gas station.

When cops arrived to the scene, police say they saw Helton stumbling out of the gas station — stinking of booze — and clutching lottery tickets in his hand.

Cops say Helton denied striking a median … but “made spontaneous statements about drinking two igloo cups of red wine.”

Helton was eventually arrested on 3 counts of DUI … but according to the report he was “respectful and professional throughout the entire process.”

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