The Arizona lottery was approved to operate by the public in 1980. They became the first to allow state operated gaming West of the Mississippi. The legislation passed a bill in 2010 that provided that the games will continue to be available to for the public to play until 2035. At that time, the legislature will need to approve it to continue or end it.
In order to play and win prizes, individual’s are required to be 21 years of age or older. The games must be purchased at a retailer in that state. Tickets are not available for purchase through mail or the Internet.
The state does belong to two multistate games, Powerball and Mega Millions. Many states, in cooperation with each other, pool the prizes and individuals in any of those states could potentially win the jackpot. Both of those games base prize are in the millions of dollars. After each drawing, if no one wins to top prize, the amount of it is raised until someone does hit the jackpot.
Games that are specific to AZ are only played in that state. They have quite a few games with prizes ranging from one to many millions of dollars. They are listed below in no specific order.
The Pick. Drawings are held two times per week, Wednesday and Saturday. To win, a player must match from three to six numbers. Six number matches win the grand prize.
Fantasy 5 drawings are held every day. Five exact number matches wins the jackpot. Smaller prizes are won when there are two or more matches.
2by2 is also a daily game. There are various ways to win. The winning combinations can be views on their website. It has a daily grand prize of $20,000.
Cash4 is another that is drawn daily. The jackpot in this game is $10,000. From two to four numbers must be a matched to win with four matches winning the top prize. Wouldn’t it be great to win this lottery game.
Scratchers is another type of game altogether. These are tickets where the player scratches off a coating to reveal numbers or symbols that, if matched according to the rules of that particular game, win a prize. Winning this lottery can be anywhere from one dollar to five hundred thousand dollars.
Proceeds, the amount left after retailer commissions and prize payouts have been made, are paid to the treasurer. The funds are then used to pay any bond debts and, after that, distributed to several different departments to help fund them. Those include Health and Welfare, Environment, Economic Development, environment, and Education. According to statute, once those departments have received a set amount, any remaining funds go into the state general fund.
The Arizona lottery does have a community sponsorship program. They provide funds ranging from one to forty-five hundred dollars to sponsor events that reflect the diversity of their population. Among the requirements to obtain such a sponsorship, organizations must put the lottery’s logo on the their website, must Like them on Facebook, and must Tweet announcing their partnership with the organization. In this way, the state is directing some of the funds back into the community and are also letting the people know that they are involved.