SOURCE: Arizona Lottery

Arizona Lottery

June 10, 2013 19:24 ET

Queen Creek Resident Claims $1 Million Powerball® Second Prize Winning Ticket

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - Jun 10, 2013) - The Arizona Lottery announces that the second $1 million Powerball second prize winning ticket from the drawing on May 18 has been claimed by a woman from Queen Creek. This is the last of three second prize winning tickets to be claimed from the record-breaking $590.5 million Powerball jackpot run.

On Saturday, June 8, Valerie Sanchez decided to get her Powerball tickets from her car and check them for the draw on May 18. She got the surprise of a lifetime when she saw that one of the ten lines she purchased was a $1 million winner.

Sanchez is still in a state of shock, but plans to pay off her bills and get a new car. She will decide what to do with the rest of her winnings after she talks to her financial advisor. Her advice to other Lottery players is to "check your tickets!"

"We're so happy that Valerie finally checked her ticket and claimed her $1 million prize," said Karen Bach, director of budget, products, and communications for the Arizona Lottery. "It's been exciting to have more Powerball second prize winners in Arizona, especially our three most recent which occurred during the record-breaking jackpot run."

Sanchez purchased her winning ticket at the Chevron located at 1990 S. Alma School Road in Chandler. This is the 24th $1 million Powerball second prize winning ticket sold in Arizona since $2 Powerball launched in January 2012.

The redesigned $2 Powerball game offers many appealing features to players, including better overall odds and jackpots that grow bigger, faster. The starting jackpot doubled from $20 million to $40 million and the second prize for matching all five numbers, without the Powerball, increased from $200,000 to $1 million.

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 Americans with Disabilities Act, these materials may be made available in an alternate format. Gambling Problem? Call 1.800.NEXT STEP. Please Play Responsibly™.

About the Arizona Lottery
The Arizona Lottery operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products; it receives no General Fund dollars from the State. Proceeds from sales of Lottery tickets -- over $3 million per week -- fund a variety of state programs. Since July 1981, the Arizona Lottery has paid out more than $5 billion in prizes to players, over $2.8 billion in net profit to the state and almost $591 million in commissions to retailers.

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