SOURCE: Arizona Lottery

Arizona Lottery

April 16, 2012 19:11 ET

Tucson Resident Claims Arizona's Fourth $1 Million Powerball Second Prize

Winner Becomes Second Millionaire in Tucson Since the New $2 Powerball Launched in January

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - Apr 16, 2012) - A Tucson resident has come forward to claim Arizona's fourth $1 million Powerball second prize from the drawing on April 11.

The $1 million winning ticket was sold at the Fry's Food Store, located at 2480 N. Swan Rd. in Tucson. The winning numbers were 16 - 23 - 42 - 44 - 47 PB 2.

This is the second $1 million Powerball second place prize to be won by a Tucson resident, since the new $2 Powerball launched on January 15. Arizona's first $1 million winning ticket was claimed by a Tucson resident, who purchased it at a different Fry's Food Store in Tucson. The second $1 million winning ticket in Arizona was claimed by a couple from Fort Mohave, who purchased it at the Smith's Food & Drug in Fort Mohave. The third winning ticket was purchased at an Albertson's in Phoenix and claimed by a Phoenix player.

This Tucson resident, who chose to remain anonymous, has been playing the lottery for years and was thrilled to discover that one of his three Powerball Quick Picks for the April 11 draw had five matching numbers. The player said it was his lucky day since he usually selects his own numbers consisting of family birthdays, but went with Quick Picks this time instead.

"It is exciting to award a second player in Tucson the $1 million prize," said Karen Bach, assistant director of budget, products and communications for the Arizona Lottery. "Arizona is one of only eight states to boast at least four second place $2 Powerball winners since the game launched and we expect to be congratulating more Arizona millionaires this year than ever before."

The new $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.

The next $2 Powerball draw is Wednesday, April 18, and the jackpot is up to $131 million.

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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 -- nearly $3 million per week -- fund a variety of state programs. Since July 1981, the Arizona Lottery has paid out more than $4.6 billion in prizes to players, nearly $2.7 billion in net profit to the state and more than $550 million in commissions to retailers.

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