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. 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. Arizona became the first state west of the Mississippi to approve a lottery when a 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%. Most recently, the Lottery was extended to 2035 through legislation passed in 2010.
The revenues produced by the Arizona Lottery are used to help fund four pillars:. 1) Education. According to Arizona statutes, the education fund can receive up to $31,000,000 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 $15,490,000. Education receives 55.5% of the Lottery's general fund. 2) Health and Public Welfare. 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. 3) Economic and business development. 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. 4) Environmental Issues. 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.
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.
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'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 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 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)
All or Nothing
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.
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!.
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.
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.
- Arizona Legislature. "Arizona Lottery".