Arizona Lottery

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The Arizona Lottery is run by the State of Arizona. It is a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). Its games include Scratchers®, Powerball®, Mega Millions®, The Pick™, Fantasy 5™, Weekly Winnings™, 2by2™ (Arizona's version is different than MUSL's game), and Pick 3™.

The mission statement of the Arizona Lottery illustrates the goals of the Lottery.[1] It states that the goal of the Arizona Lottery is to support Arizona programs for the public benefit by maximizing net revenue in a responsible manner.[1] Arizona became the first state west of the Mississippi to approve a lottery when a statewide public initiative passed in November 1980.[1] While the original referendum passed by only a slim margin, recent votes have shown an immense approval rating.[1] In 2002, a vote to extend the Lottery for another ten years was passed by 73%.[1] Most recently, the Lottery was extended to 2035 through legislation passed in 2010.[1]

The revenues produced by the Arizona Lottery are used to help fund four pillars:.[1] 1) Education.[1] According to Arizona statutes, the education fund can receive up to $31,000,000 from the sale of Lottery products.[1] Also, the fund can receive additional funds from the Lottery fund once monies have been distributed to all other divisions, up to $15,490,000.[1] Education receives 55.5% of the Lottery's general fund. 2) Health and Public Welfare.[1] Receives 44.1% of the Lottery's general fund while $1,000,000 go to homeless transitional shelters, $17,000,000 go to Healthy Arizona, Problem Gambling receives $300,000, while the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA) receives 30% of unclaimed prize money.[1] 3) Economic and business development.[1] The Lottery gives $3,500,000 to help fund grants expanding and maintaining Arizona businesses as well as attracting new businesses to the state to promote economic development.[1] 4) Environmental Issues.[1] Funding goes to public access, environmental education, schoolyard habitats, and the protection and management of urban wildlife. Environmental issues receive 0.4% of the Lottery's general fund.[1]

The minimum age to purchase tickets is 21; it was 18 until June 1, 2003. (Iowa is the only other state with a 21 minimum age.) Arizona does not hold Sunday drawings.

Scratchers®[edit]

These are instant scratch tickets. Prizes range from $1 to $1 million depending on game type and ticket price. Ticket prices are $1, $2, $3, $5, $10, and $20. Game types include crossword, bingo, card, casino-style and match games.

Pick 3™[edit]

Pick 3's prize for an exact match (straight) is $250 on a 50-cent wager or $500 on a $1 wager. Drawings are held six nights a week.

Fantasy 5™[edit]

Fantasy 5 has a starting jackpot of $50,000. Each play costs $1. Five of 41 numbers are drawn. Drawings are six nights a week.

Fantasy 5 has an optional add-on game, EXTRA!. These numbers are automatically selected by the terminal.

Weekly Winnings™[edit]

Weekly Winnings has a top prize of $1,000-per-week for 52 weeks (taxes paid); a cash option of $52,000 is available. Each play costs $2. Drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays.

2by2™ (former game)[edit]

2by2 had a $20,000 top prize. A ticket cost $2. (Arizona's 2by2 was not part of the MUSL-sponsored 2by2 offered in Kansas, Nebraska, and North Dakota.) This game has been replaced by All or Nothing.

All or Nothing[edit]

Drawings are held twice a day (morning and evening) six days a week. The top prize of $25,000 is won by matching all of the numbers drawn, or zero of the numbers drawn.

The Pick™[edit]

Jackpots begin at $1 million. A ticket costs $1. Drawings are held Wednesdays and Saturdays.

As with Fantasy 5, The Pick has the add-on game EXTRA!.

Mega Millions[edit]

Arizona joined Mega Millions in April 2010. Mega Millions is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Mega Millions starting jackpot is $15 million. Each play costs $1. The Megaplier option, which costs an additional $1, multiplies a non-jackpot prize by up to 5. Drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays.

Powerball®[edit]

Arizona joined Powerball in 1994. Its jackpot minimum is $40 million. A play costs $2. For an extra $1, the Power Play option muliplies non-jackpot prizes. Drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Arizona Legislature. "Arizona Lottery".