With a population of nearly 7 million, the State of Arizona runs a number of lottery games including Powerball, Mega Millions, The Pick, and Fantasy 5. Since the 1980s the Arizona lottery results have been changing people’s lives with pay outs ranging from a few dollars to multi-million wins that have had a life changing impact.
As with many State games, behind all the results of the Arizona lottery is a financial benefit for the local community. Over the last 33 years more than 3 billion has been raised for good causes across the state including for health, education, and improving the environment.
One of Arizona’s most recent big winners was Matthew Good who shared half of a November 2012 Powerball lottery prize of $587.5 million. With lottery results announced every night on Arizona TV, players across the state wait in anticipation of being the next big lottery winner, able give up his or her job and start a new, and very comfortable, life.
Of course the two big games in the Arizona lottery are the Mega Millions and Powerball that give the chance of winning many millions, but there are also smaller games such as All or Nothing, Monopoly and Weekly Winnings, as well as scratch cards that can give the player a big instant win. As with most lotteries, you have to take part in order to win.
Arizona Mega Millions
The Arizona lottery result that many people wait for eagerly each week is Mega Millions, one of the most popular games in the world. Millions of Americans play it every week and it provides a substantial income for good causes across the 52 States. The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery starts at $15 million and increases until someone gets the winning numbers. The highest Mega Millions pay out in the US is still $656 million and was split between three winners in different states.
You need to be over21 to play the Arizona Mega Millions lottery. You can choose a quick pick where the computer selects your numbers randomly or you can opt for your own numbers. You need to pick 5 numbers between 1 and 75 and a further Mega Ball Number between 1 and 15.
The draws are held twice a week on Tuesday and Friday evenings for the Arizona Mega Millions lottery. If you win the jackpot you have the choice of taking a lump sum which is about half of the announced jackpot or an annuity for the full jackpot that is spread over 30 years. The odds of winning the Arizona Mega Millions jackpot are around 258 million to 1.
The Arizona Powerball lottery is just as popular as Mega Millions and has produced some outstanding jackpots since it was introduced in 1994. Millions of tickets are bought each week in Arizona and across the US, as players hope to win a life changing amount of money. The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are in the region of 175 million to one but Arizona has seen one of the biggest wins in recent history with the lucky recipient winning a share of $587.5 million, just 3 million shy of the Powerball record for the whole of the US.
Again, as with all Arizona lottery games, you have to be over 21 to play. The prize fund for the jackpot starts at $40 million, increasing every time the jackpot is not won.
Either choose your numbers through a quick pick or select your own – 5 numbers between 1 and 59 and one Powerball number between 1 and 35.
The Arizona Powerball lottery draws take place twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday evenings and, as with the Arizona Mega Millions, you can opt to take a lump sum for less than the advertised amount or an annuity that is paid over 30 years.
Winning tickets for all games are subject to Arizona lottery tax, dependent on the amount you win.
Arizona Lottery ‘The Pick’
The Arizona Pick has a starting jackpot of $1 million which rolls over until someone wins it. The odds of winning the jackpot for The Pick lottery in Arizona is around 7 million to 1. You pick 6 straight numbers between 1 and 44 and draws are held Wednesday and Saturday evenings. In Arizona you can also opt to go for the EXTRA option that lets you win an instant amount by matching numbers with Pick lottery numbers. The odds of winning something are just 1 in 3.8 which makes it a very popular game.
Arizona Lottery ‘Fantasy 5’
One of the more eagerly anticipated Arizona lottery results are for the Arizona Fantasy 5 game which has a jackpot starting at $50,000. Though smaller prize money is on offer the odds of winning are greatly reduced to 750,000 to 1 which appeals to many people. You choose just five numbers between 1 and 41 and draws are held every day except Sundays. You also have the chance to double your prize (except for the Arizona Fantasy 5 lottery jackpot) by selecting the DOUBLER ticket.
Arizona Lottery ‘All or Nothing’
The All or Nothing game in Arizona has a static jackpot of $25,000 with the odds of winning lower than other lottery games at 185,000 to 1. To play All or Nothing you select ten numbers between 1 and 20. Match all ten and you win the jackpot. The odds of winning something in the game are only 1 in 5.9 and matching fewer numbers can pay off too. If you match none at all then you still win the jackpot. The lower pay outs for the Arizona lottery All or Nothing are in the mid-range, so if you match 6 numbers you only get a small pay-out. That’s why it’s called the All or Nothing lottery.
It’s not just buying tickets at one of the many Arizona lottery outlets that can win you big in the State. You can also get a wide range of scratch cards that put you in the money in an instant. Games vary with lottery wins ranging from $10,000 to $2.5 million when you have the right Arizona lottery winning numbers.
Winning big with your Arizona lottery numbers is the dream of every player in the State and there have been some large amounts of money won over the years. When those Arizona lottery results are announced each week, many are hoping for a Mega Millions or Powerball windfall that will change their lives.
The biggest winner so far in Arizona Powerball lottery history was Matthew Good back in November 2012 who netted half of the $587.6 million jackpot with just a $10 ticket selection. News has it that Good and his wife had only played the Powerball lottery twice before and the tickets were bought on a whim. Good opted to take the lump sum option, which most people do, and was given a check that amounted to almost $200 million before state and federal lottery taxes were taken out.
Good put the tickets in the sun visor of his pickup and left them there until he and his wife realised that the winning numbers came from somewhere in Arizona. He had bought the tickets in the 4 Sons Food Hall on Fountain Hill and was astounded to find out they had the Arizona lottery winning numbers. The couple have since employed a full team of financial and legal advisors to help them secure their big win and make the most of it.
To date, Matthew Good’s Powerball lottery windfall is by far the biggest in Arizona. That doesn’t mean there haven’t been plenty of millionaires made in the State over the 33 years since the Arizona lottery results started being read out on evening TV.
David Farley won a cool $500,000 on Money Tree back in 2013 and Katherine Revera won a healthy $5,200,000 on a $10 Lucky Life ticket. In fact, the Arizona lottery results have made no less than 22 winners with over a million in just the last couple of years.
The odds of winning either the Powerball or Mega Millions lottery are astonishingly high but so is the prospect of winning over a million on two different games. That’s just what happened to Diane and Kerry Carmichael. In 1995 they won a comfortable $2.5 million on The Pick lottery game and thought they were pretty lucky. But then in 2013 they won a further $1 million on the Powerball lottery. Apparently Diane and Kerry believe that all good things come in threes so may well expect another good Arizona lottery result in the future.
As with a number of State lotteries across the US, if you get the right Arizona lottery results you don’t have the right to stay anonymous – your name and win have to be made a matter of public record.
All winnings for the Arizona Lottery games are subject to State and federal tax. This is obviously going to depend on the size of your win. When Matthew Good hit the Powerball lottery jackpot he got hit for a bill of around $78 million which may sound like a lot until you consider the size of the check he had to take home. The Arizona state lottery tax rate is normally around 5% but you also have to factor in federal taxes. These generally cut in on a threshold of a $5,000 win.
The Arizona lottery results have been announced on early evening TV in the State since 1982 and, over the 30 years it’s been in operation, more than $3 billion has been raised for good causes including health and education. Arizona was one of the first states lying West of the Mississippi to agree legislation to run a lottery back in 1980 and the first draw was held a couple of years later. Back in those days it was a slim margin of victory for those who were in favour of a State lottery but now, so many years later, most are agreed that it is a force for good in the region. The Arizona lottery is unusual compared to others in that residents often get to vote on whether a particular game continues.
Over the years, there have been some big wins after the Arizona lottery results have been read out. Since the Powerball lottery was introduced back in 1994, there have been 11 jackpot winners from Arizona, the biggest being Matthew Good in 2012. But there have also been wins of $101 and $77 million in 1995, $83.9 million in 2001 and $95.3 million in 2010.
It’s not just the winners who benefit from the Arizona Mega Millions and Powerball lotteries. The main purpose of the games is to provide more money for the benefit of the local community.
The money raised by the Arizona lottery are used to fund four public programs. The first is economic development which receives around $3.5 million annually and is used to provide business grants and encourage investment in the State. The second is, as with other state lottery initiatives, for the funding of education and $31 million can be put into it each year, but more can be added if need be. In all, education receives over half of the money raised from people filling in their Arizona lottery numbers. The third area of investment is health and public welfare and the final one provides funding for environmental issues.
There’s no doubt that the Arizona lottery is generally a win-win situation for all concerned, raising valuable cash for good causes across the State whilst offering the chance of making players rich beyond their wildest dreams.
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