The Arizona Lottery is run by the government of Arizona. It is a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). Its games include Powerball, Mega Millions, Fantasy 5, Pick 3, Weekly Winnings (which began on September 23, 2012, replacing CA$H4; see below), 2by2 (Arizona's version is different than that of MUSL's game) and The Pick.
The mission statement of the Arizona Lottery illustrates the goals of the lottery. It states that the goal of the Arizona lottery is to support Arizona programs for the public benefit by maximizing revenue in a responsible manner. Arizona became the first state west of the MIssissippi to approve a lottery when the statewide public initiative passed in November 1980. While the original referendum passed by only a slim margin, recent votes have shown an immense approval rating. In 2002, a vote to extend the lottery for another ten years was passed by 73%. More recently, the lottery was extended to 2035 with legislation passed in 2010.
The revenues produced by the Arizona lottery are used to help fund four different public programs. The first area of funding is the economic and business development division. The lottery gives 3.5 million dollars to help fund grants expanding and maintaining Arizona businesses as well as attracting new businesses to the state to promote economic development. The second division that receives lottery funding is the education division. According to Arizona statutes, the education fund can receive up to 31 million dollars from the sale of lottery products. Also, the fund can receive additional funds from the lottery fund once monies have been distributed to all other divisions, up to 15.49 million dollars. Education receives 55.5% of the lottery's general fund. Additionally, funding goes to the environmental issues division for public access, environmental education, schoolyard habitats, and the protection and management of urban wildlife. Environmental issues receive .4% of the lottery's general fund. The final division receiving lottery funds is health and public welfare. This division receives 44.1% of the lottery's general fund while 1 million dollars go to homeless transitional shelters, 17 million dollars go to Healthy Arizona, Problem Gambling receives 300,000 dollars and the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program receives 30% of unclaimed prize money.
Arizona requires lottery players to be at least 21; the minimum age was 18 until June 1, 2003.
The Arizona Lottery is unique because periodically, residents can vote on whether its games can continue. In 2002, a majority supported Proposition 301, which allowed the Lottery to operate through June 30, 2012, and pay on winning tickets through December 31.
Pick 3 is drawn Mondays through Saturdays. Its prize for an exact match (Straight) is $250 on a 50-cent wager or $500 on a dollar wager.
Fantasy 5 also is drawn six nights a week. It draws 5 of 41 numbers. Its minimum jackpot is $50,000; it increases until there is a 5-of-5 winner. Games are $1. Fantasy 5 has an add-on game, EXTRA!.
Weekly Winnings (debut on September 23, 2012)
Weekly Winnings, a $2-per-play game, has a top prize of $1,000-per-week for 52 weeks; winners can choose a lump sum of $52,000 instead. Weekly Winnings′ advertised payouts are "taxes paid"; the actual prize (for tax purposes) for the chosen payout is larger. Therefore, the advertised payouts are "net" winnings, rather than "gross." Drawings are Tuesdays and Fridays.
Players get six sets of numbers for each $2 play. Bettors choose 4 numbers out of 50 in the "$1,000-per-week" set (or ask for terminal-generated numbers.) The terminal automatically chooses two sets of numbers for the $10,000 prize, and three sets for the $1,000 prize. (All six number fields use 50 numbers.) Matching all four numbers wins the top prize depending on which set of numbers was matched. Matching three numbers wins $50; two numbers, $2. Players can win multiple times in a $2 play.
CA$H4 (replaced by Weekly Winnings)
CA$H4, drawn six nights a week, had a top prize of $10,000. Games cost $2; it drew 4 of 26 numbers.
The Pick is drawn Wednesdays and Saturdays. Games are $1. Jackpots begin at $1 million. Its players can add EXTRA!. The Pick draws 6 of 44 numbers.
Powerball (multi-lottery game)
Since 1994, Arizona has been a member of MUSL. Powerball is drawn Wednesdays and Saturdays.
January 15, 2012 changes
The price for a game doubled to $2 (with Power Play, $3.). Starting jackpot is $40 million (annuitized with cash option.) Second prize, five white balls, wins $1 million cash ($2 million cash if Power Play selected.) The number of red balls decreased from 39 to 35; the PowerPlay option no longer is a multiplier.
Mega Millions (multi-lottery game)
On October 13, 2009, the Mega Millions consortium and MUSL reached an agreement in principle to cross-sell Mega Millions and Powerball in US lottery jurisdictions. Most lotteries with either game began selling tickets for both on January 31, 2010. Arizona joined Mega Millions on April 18, 2010. For an extra dollar wager, the winnings may be multiplied by two, three, or four, known as the Megaplier.
Arizona has held six Millionaire Raffle drawings. Tickets cost $20 each. These tickets are printed in ascending order. Sales end when a pre-determined number of tickets are purchased (total 300,000) or sold out before the end date. Numbers are randomly drawn, with one or two (depending on the raffle) winning $1 million. Each raffle has over 1,100 winners; the minimum prize is $500. The most recent Raffle was held January 6, 2012.