SOURCE: Arizona Lottery

Arizona Lottery

August 27, 2013 20:28 ET

The Pick™ and Fantasy 5™ Jackpot Winning Tickets Claimed

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - Aug 27, 2013) - The Arizona Lottery announces that the winners of the $4.8 million The Pick jackpot and the $555,000 Fantasy 5 jackpot from the draws on Aug. 24 have come forward.

The Pick jackpot winners are three coworkers in the healthcare field who have worked together for 12 years. The winners, who claimed their prize at the Phoenix Lottery office, wish to remain anonymous. The $4.8 million jackpot was divided equally three ways. Each winner received a check for a little more than a $1 million before taxes. The winning The Pick ticket was sold at a retailer located at 10989 E. Dynamite Blvd. in Scottsdale.

Joseph Waskel of Sun Lakes also claimed his $555,000 Fantasy 5 jackpot prize at the Phoenix Lottery Office. He and his wife stopped for gas Saturday morning where they purchased 20 Fantasy 5 Quick Pick tickets for that night's drawing.

The next day, Waskel's wife checked their numbers in the newspaper and was shocked when she saw the winning numbers on their first ticket. Joseph and his wife are both retired and have been married for more than 37 years. They plan to remodel their home and invest the rest of their winnings. Waskel's advice to other players is, "Buy it when you feel it." The winning Fantasy 5 ticket was purchased at the Chandler Heights ampm located at 5050 S. Arizona Ave. in Chandler.

"It's exciting that two of our in-state games were both hit at such high jackpots," said Karen Bach, director of budget, products and communications for the Arizona Lottery. "It was a thrill to meet each winner when they came in to claim their prize."

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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