SOURCE: Arizona Lottery

Arizona Lottery

January 22, 2015 18:57 ET

Sun City West Couple Claims $5 Million Mega Millions® Winning Ticket

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - Jan 22, 2015) - The Arizona Lottery announces the $5 million dollar Mega Millions winning ticket from the drawing on Tuesday, January 13, has been claimed.

Mike and Nancy Baker, Sun City West residents, purchased the Mega Millions winning ticket from a Safeway located at 13503 W. Camino Del Sol in Sun City West. The ticket was claimed at the Arizona Lottery office in Phoenix, and the couple received the prize of $5 million before taxes. Currently, the Bakers do not have definite plans for the money as they are waiting until they get together with family to decide.

"The win still has not registered, but we called family after we made sure it was real," Mike said.

The winning ticket matched five of the Baker's self-picked numbers. This would generally result in a $1 million second prize; however, the prize was quintupled by the Megaplier®, making this the largest Mega Millions winning ticket ever sold in Arizona.

"It's exciting to award the largest Mega Millions prize ever won in Arizona," said Karen Bach, Director of Budget, Products and Communication. "I'm thrilled for the Bakers and their life-changing win!"

The next Mega Millions draw is Friday, Jan. 23, for an estimated $20 million jackpot. Tickets can be purchased at any Arizona Lottery retailer. Players can check their tickets by visiting

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™.

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 -- more than $3.4 million per week -- fund a variety of state programs. Since July 1981, the Arizona Lottery has paid out more than $5.4 billion in prizes to players, more than $3 billion in net profit to the state and more than $638 million in commissions to retailers. Learn more at

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