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Arizona Lottery Numbers

Don’t be left in the dark wondering whether or not you won a big prize on any of these great Arizona Lottery games. This page will tell you everything you need to know about playing the AZ Lottery such as draw schedules, how to claim a prize, winners and buying tickets.

Arizona Lottery Drawing Schedule

Drawings take place every day except Sunday in Arizona. Find out exactly when each game is played in the table below.

Game Information

The Arizona Lottery participates in Powerball and Mega Millions, but also offers residents the chance to play fun in-state games with great cash prizes:

The Pick

The Pick is Arizona’s very own jackpot game, with a top prize that starts at $1 million and rolls over until someone wins. Add EXTRA! to be in the running to win up to $500 instantly.

Pick 3

Three is a magic number with Arizona’s daily draw game that features nine ways to win. Each play costs $1 to win up to $500.

Fantasy 5

The jackpot for this exciting daily draw game starts at $50,000 and keeps increasing until it’s won. Approximately every 10th ticket is a random DOUBLER, which doubles non-jackpot prizes. You can also add EXTRA! for the chance to win up to $500 instantly.

Triple Twist

This fast-paced daily game features 10 ways to win, with a minimum $200,000 starting jackpot that keeps rolling over until it goes off.

Scratchers are a great choice for those lottery fans who are always on the go or who don’t like waiting for drawing results! These instant win games are available for purchase from any authorized Arizona Lottery retailer and can net you a big cash prize in the blink of an eye! Ticket costs range from $1 to $20 and can deliver a wide variety of windfalls, from $500 to over $3 million.

Fast Play is another way to get the thrill of instant wins. Players can take part in multiple games, each with its own play style. Two popular games are Treasure Chase, which costs $2 for the chance to win up to $10,000, and Comic Cash, which costs just $1 with a progressive jackpot that starts at $1,000 and keeps growing until someone hits it. Tickets print like a draw game and look like a Scratcher.

Retired games include All or Nothing, which had drawings at midday and in the evening.

History of the Arizona Lottery

The Copper State is home to a fantastic lottery with a very interesting history behind it. With a varied portfolio of games, players will be sure to find the draw game or instant win game that’s perfect for them.

The Arizona Lottery was established in November 1980 and was the first U.S. state west of the Mississippi River to approve and enact a state lottery. State residents are asked to vote on whether or not they want the lottery to continue operating, and the organization is set to keep offering great games and big prizes to players from Apache Junction to Yuma until at least 2035.

Originally, the minimum age for buying Arizona Lottery tickets was 18, but this was raised to 21 in 2003. The Arizona Lottery began selling tickets for Powerball on April 4th, 1994 and started participating in Mega Millions on April 18th, 2010. There have been 12 Powerball jackpot winners from Arizona.

Drawings for all in-state games are held at the Arizona Lottery Phoenix Office. Drawings for Powerball and Mega Millions take place in Iowa and are conducted by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL).

Revenue raised from Arizona Lottery ticket sales is allocated to four categories of programs: health and welfare, economic and business development, education, and the environment. Since 1982, over $3.3 billion has been raised for initiatives in these categories.

Buying Tickets

Arizona’s state lottery games are not currently available to play outside of the USA, however you can take part in multi-state games Powerball and Mega Millions. Get started here.

Claiming Prizes

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, there have been some changes in the way you claim prizes in Arizona. You can find updates on our dedicated Coronavirus Lottery Updates page.

You’ve won a prize – congratulations! Here’s what to do next.

Make sure you sign your ticket, make a copy of the front and back, and keep the ticket in a safe place. Remember, losing a winning ticket is like losing cash. Anyone with the ticket can claim the prize.

Winners of more than $100,000 can stay anonymous by requesting that their personal details are not disclosed to the public.

All set? Now you’re ready to claim your winnings.

For draw games, you have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim a prize. For Scratchers, you have 180 days from the game’s end date to redeem a prize. If you’ve won $599 or less, you can claim your winnings from any authorized Arizona Lottery retailer or by mail.

Any prize worth $600 or more may be claimed at either the Tucson Lottery Office or the Phoenix Lottery Office, which are open Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM MST (closed holidays). You can also mail your claim form and signed winning ticket to the Arizona Lottery. Regardless of whether you make your claim in person or send it by mail, you’ll need to supply a government-issued ID.

You’ll be responsible for federal taxes of 25 percent on larger prizes as well as a state tax of five percent.

Claim a prize by mail

Prizes of any amount may be redeemed by mail.

For prizes below $600, sign and complete the back of your winning ticket and send to the address below.

For prizes of $600 and above, you’ll need to send these documents:

  1. Completed ticket
  2. Completed claim form
  3. Copy of a government-issued ID that includes your mailing address and signature.

Get the latest Arizona Lottery information including drawing schedule, winners, and prizes for games such as The Pick, Fantasy 5 and Triple Twist

Arizona Age to Purchase Lottery Ticket Initiative (2020)

The Arizona Age to Purchase Lottery Ticket Initiative was not on the ballot in Arizona as an initiated state statute on November 3, 2020.

The ballot initiative would have lowered the age to purchase a lottery ticket from 21 to 18 and to 17 for members of the armed forces. [1]

Contents

  • 1 Text of measure
    • 1.1 Full text
  • 2 Path to the ballot
    • 2.1 The state process
    • 2.2 Details about the initiative
  • 3 See also
  • 4 External links
    • 4.1 Amendment
  • 5 Footnotes

Text of measure

Full text

The full text of the measure is available here.

Path to the ballot

The state process

In Arizona, the number of signatures required to qualify an initiated state statute for the ballot is equal to 10 percent of votes cast for governor in the most recent gubernatorial election. Petitions can be circulated for up to 24 months. Signature petitions must be submitted four months prior to the election at which the measure is to appear.

The requirements to get initiated state statutes certified for the 2020 ballot:

  • Signatures: 237,645
  • Deadline: The deadline to submit signatures was July 2, 2020.

Details about the initiative

The committee Arizonians for Tomorrow filed the ballot initiative on December 12, 2018. [1]

Ballotpedia: The Encyclopedia of American Politics