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Arizona Lottery Scratchers Ticket Offers $2.5 Million Prize

The Arizona Lottery announces the launch of its newest Scratchers ticket, $185 Million Cash Explosion. This is the largest $20 Scratchers top prize in Arizona Lottery history.

The new ticket launches Sept. 2 and offers players a chance to win one of six $2.5 million top prizes. Winners will have the option of a 30-year annuity or a lump sum of $1.25 million before taxes. The total value of all prizes for Cash Explosion is more than $185 million, including three $100,000 second place prizes and 15 $50,000 third place prizes.

The Arizona Lottery is hosting a special launch event Tuesday, Sept. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lottery offices in Phoenix and Tucson. Players in attendance who buy a $20 Cash Explosion ticket will get $10 worth of Scratchers for free. Free tickets consist of a $5 Lucky Life ticket and a $5 Heat Wave ticket, limit one pair of free tickets per person.

The Arizona Lottery street team will be at the Phoenix office with a “Spin-to-Win” promotion and a chance to win one of three ultimate sports prize packs. Buzz n’ Beez food truck and its eclectic menu of southern style comfort foods will be on site for the lunch crowd. There also will be special appearances made by the Phoenix Suns Gorilla, Arizona Cardinals cheerleaders and Big Red, Baxter from the Diamondbacks, Scorch from the Phoenix Mercury and Howler from the Arizona Coyotes.

“Our new Cash Explosion ticket offers the highest top prize of any of our previous $20 Scratchers, which is extremely exciting,” said Karen Bach, director of budget, products and communications for the Arizona Lottery. “Keeping Lottery players happy is essential, that’s why we are always looking for games that offer new and different top prizes.”

The Cash Explosion Scratchers ticket can be purchased for $20 at any Arizona Lottery retailer.

For more information about the new $185 Million Cash Explosion Scratchers ticket, please visit ArizonaLottery.com.

Players must be 21 years or older to purchase or redeem tickets. Winners have 180 days from the drawing date to claim their prize at an Arizona Lottery office or by mail. Overall odds vary by game. All sales are final. In accordance with the ADA, these materials may be made available in an alternative format. Gambling Problem? Call 1.800.NEXT STEP (1-800-639-8783). Please Play Responsibly™. Scratchers® is a registered service mark of the California Lottery.

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Arizona Lottery Breaks Sales Records

The Arizona Lottery reports a record-breaking $724 million in sales, a 4.5 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, and the highest amount in the Arizona Lottery’s 33-year history.

Lottery beneficiaries received more than $175 million in net funding during the year. As a result of revenues for beneficiaries increasing 33 percent over the past five years, fiscal year 2014 marks the fifth consecutive year that every beneficiary designated by the Arizona Legislature received full funding.

Lottery dollars support a wide variety of programs under four main pillars: education, health and public welfare, economic and business development, and the environment, benefitting cities and towns throughout all of Arizona’s 15 counties.

Players received a huge payout with nearly $460 million in Arizona Lottery prizes, including 17 winning tickets each worth $1 million or more.

Arizona Lottery retailers big and small earned more than $48 million in commissions during the year from the sale of Lottery tickets, also a record amount.

“Generating essential funding for important state programs, while benefitting the state’s retailers, speaks to the Lottery’s commitment to enrich the lives of all Arizona residents,” said Jeff Hatch-Miller, executive director of the Arizona Lottery. “We are proud to report record-breaking sales for the seventh consecutive year and are already working toward surpassing this record by introducing innovative games to engage new audiences, while continuing to provide a wide range of choices for our core players.”

Director Hatch-Miller credits much of fiscal year 2014’s success to a surge in Scratchers® sales, which totaled more than $483.9 million for the year. The introduction of the popular Lucky Life Scratchers series greatly contributed to the year’s strong ticket sales.

The addition of the new All or NothingTM draw game and a revamp of Mega Millions® also contributed to fiscal year 2014’s financial success. All or Nothing is the first Arizona Lottery draw game offering players the chance to win $25,000 twice daily, Monday through Saturday, by matching all or matching none of the drawn numbers. The Mega Millions game was redesigned in October to have larger starting jackpots, faster-growing jackpots, a $1 million second prize and better odds of winning any prize – all for the same price of $1 per ticket.

In fiscal year 2015, the Arizona Lottery plans to introduce additional new games, beginning with the September launch of $185 Million Cash Explosion, a new Scratchers ticket that offers the highest payout ever for a $20 Arizona Lottery ticket.

Players must be 21 years or older to purchase or redeem tickets. Winners have 180 days from the drawing date to claim their prize at an Arizona Lottery office or by mail. Overall odds vary by game. All sales are final. In accordance with the ADA, these materials may be made available in an alternative format. Gambling Problem? Call 1.800.NEXT STEP (1-800-639-8783). Please Play Responsibly™. Scratchers® is a registered service mark of the California Lottery.