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The Arizona Lottery is a state agency in Arizona. It is a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). The Arizona Lottery participates in Powerball and Mega Millions, but also offers residents the chance to play draw games such as The Pick, Fantasy 5, Pick 3, and Triple Twist. A variety of instant scratch tickets, or Scratchers, are also offered. The Arizona Lottery was launched on 1 July 1981 as an instant scratch ticket called ‘Scratch It Rich’ after Arizona had approved a lottery in November 1980. The Arizona lottery was created to support the people of Arizona and the proceeds from the Arizona Lottery ticket sales are used to fund numerous state programs and nearly $4 million is realised on a weekly basis. In the year 2016 alone, the Arizona Lottery transferred over $205 million to help Arizona residents showing how lottery can have a positive impact in people’s lives contrary to the popular opinion that lottery is bad. See the Arizona AZ Players club
How do you play the Arizona Lottery?
In order for you to play the Arizona Lottery, you must match any of your numbers to any of the winning numbers, Below is a brief explanation of how to play various games offered by the Arizona Lottery:
The Pick is a very popular jackpot game which is available only in Arizona, the main reason why this jackpot is popular is because it is very lucrative with the jackpot prize starting at a staggering $1 million and rolling over until it is won. The draws for this game are conducted twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 7:59pm. In order to play the Pick, you must select (either manually or by the use of pro pick) 6 numbers from numbers 1 – 44 and you will be the jackpot winner if you manage to get all your numbers correct. You can also win if you manage to match three, four or five numbers as well. This game keeps getting interesting as you can add $1 or $2 more for a chance to play the ‘EXTRA’ which will give you a chance to win $250 for $1 and $500 for $2 instantly. Please note that the overall odds of winning while playing The Pick are 1 in 39, but to win the jackpot, you must beat the odds of 1 in 7,059,052.
Arizona Fantasy 5
The Arizona Fantasy 5 is a draw game which is for the people of Arizona. This game is a 5/41 game which means that you have to select 5 numbers from numbers 1 – 41 and the goal being to match your selected numbers with the ones drawn. Matching all the numbers will win you the jackpot which starts at $50,000 and increases until someone has actually won it. Drawings for the Fantasy 5 are conducted every day except for Sundays only and the draw time is 9:40pm. You can also play the ‘EXTRA’ , which is a separate game which can be added onto your Fantasy 5 ticket to increase the chances of winning, playing a $1 EXTRA will give you a chance to win up to a maximum of $250, and playing a $2 EXTRA will give you a chance to win up to $500 instantly. The overall odds of winning any cash prize are favourable at approximately 1 in 9.62, and the odds of winning a jackpot are 1 in 749,398.
The Arizona Triple Twist is a very popular draw game from Arizona where you are required to match your selected numbers with the winning drawn numbers. Everyday you are faced with an opportunity to win because the draws for this game are conducted from Mondays right through to Sundays. The Arizona Triple Twist is a 6/42 game which means that you have to select 6 numbers from numbers 1 to 42 and you can do the selection either manually or making use of the equally useful Pro-Pick. You will win if you manage to match a minimum of three numbers in a single row, but to win the jackpot, you have to match all six numbers in a single row. The good thing about this game is that you can win up to four times on a single game by matching your numbers to the winning numbers in each corresponding row. The Arizona Triple Twist is a winnable game with odds of winning being approximately 1 in 7.9.
Arizona Pick 3
Pick 3 is a very popular draw game where you have to pick one or two sets of three-digit numbers that match the winning numbers drawn to win a prize. The ticket price for the Pick 3 is $1 which is quite affordable. When you are playing the Pick 3, you must pick one or two sets of three-digit numbers (000 – 999) and you can make the selection individually or through the use of the Quick Pick. The Play Type you choose to play determines the amount you can win. There is a total of 6 Play Types to choose from namely; Straight, Box 3-Way, Box 6-Way, Straight/Box and Front. The drawings for the Pick 3 are conducted six times a week, from Monday through to Saturday in the evening. The Pick 3 has no jackpot but you can win $500 as the first prize by matching all three numbers in the exact order.
Scratchers are quite popular for punters who do not have the patience to wait for lotto draws. Scratchers games instantly win games which are quite easy to play, punters who do not know how scratchers work will be delighted to know that the instructions on how to play the game are printed on the ticket. A Scratchers game is played by scratching a layer away from the ticket to reveal a series of numbers or symbols and their corresponding prizes and the good thing about these is that you can earn big cash prizes instantly. The minimum ticket cost is $1 and the maximum is $20 and the prizes for the scratchers also range from $500 to over $3 million.
Fast Play games are one the quickest ways to win. With Fast Play, 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.
When are the draws conducted?
Drawings take place six days a week from Monday to Saturday every. Below are the draw dates and times for all the draws:
Game Draw Days Draw Times*
Powerball Wednesday & Saturday 8:59 PM
Mega Millions Tuesday & Friday 9:00 PM
The Pick Wednesday & Saturday 8:00 PM
Pick 3 Monday – Saturday 8:00 PM
Fantasy 5 Monday – Saturday 8:00 PM
Triple Twist Monday – Saturday 8:00 PM
Who can bet on the Arizona Lottery?
Please note that for you to bet on the Arizona Lottery, you can only purchase the Arizona Lottery tickets through authorized retailers and Arizona Lottery does not sell tickets over the phone, by mail, or on the Internet.
How to claim your prize if you win?
If you have won a prize, you can claim the prize of up to $599 at any Arizona Lottery retailers . If the prize is $600 or more, you must claim your prize at either the Phoenix or Tucson Lottery because that is where all winning tickets valued at $600 or more are redeemed.