Arizona Lottery History

Interested in learning the Arizona Lottery history?  The Arizona Lottery is a state agency in Arizona. It is a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). Draw games include Mega Millions, Powerball, The Pick, Fantasy 5, Pick 3, and Triple Twist. A variety of instant scratch tickets, or Scratchers, are also offered.

The Arizona Lottery’s mission statement is to support Arizona programs for the public benefit by maximizing revenue in a responsible manner. Arizona became the first state west of the Mississippi to approve a lottery when the statewide public initiative passed in November 1980. In 2002, a vote to extend the lottery for another 10 years was passed, with 73% in favor. In 2010, the Lottery was extended into 2035.

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Arizona Lottery History

The first sale from the Arizona Lottery was on July 1, 1981. The product was an instant scratch ticket called Scratch It Rich.

Proceeds from sales of Arizona Lottery tickets, nearly $4 million weekly, fund a variety of state programs. In fiscal year 2016, the Arizona Lottery transferred over $205 million to these programs. The Lottery transfers money to 12 funds that serve 18 beneficiaries. There are six core Arizona Lottery pillars that these 18 beneficiaries align with: arts and education; community enrichment; economic development; environmental conservation; health and human services; and public safety.

Arizona requires lottery players to be at least 21; the minimum age was 18 until June 1, 2003.

The Pick

The Pick is an in-state jackpot game; its first drawing was October 13, 1984. Its largest jackpot was $13.5 million in 2007. The Pick is drawn Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM MST. Plays are $1. Jackpots begin at $1 million. Its players can add EXTRA!. The Pick draws 6 of 44 numbers.

Triple Twist

Triple Twist is an in-state jackpot game, with the first drawing held on December 17, 2018. Each play costs $2 for three rows (two of the three rows are quick pick). Jackpots start at $200,000. The largest jackpot ever claimed was $1.9 million back on May 22, 2019 located in Tucson. The draw type is 6 from 42 numbers.


Arizona participated in its first Powerball drawing on April 3, 1994, when the lottery became a member of MUSL. To date, 12 jackpot winners have won in Arizona. Powerball is drawn Wednesdays and Saturdays. Each play is $2 ($3 with Power Play) Starting jackpot is $40 million (annuitized with cash option.)

Mega Millions

First Mega Millions Drawing for Arizona: April 8, 2010

The Arizona Lottery began selling Mega Millions tickets in April 2010. The state is waiting for its first Mega Millions jackpot winner. However, 6 lucky players have won second place prizes of $1 million or more during the past six years.

On October 13, 2009, the Mega Millions consortium and MUSL reached an agreement in principle to cross-sell Mega Millions and Powerball in US lottery jurisdictions. Most lotteries with either game began selling tickets for both on January 31, 2010. Arizona joined Mega Millions on April 18, 2010. For an extra $1 the winnings may be multiplied by up to 5 with the Megaplier option.

On November 1, 2017, Mega Millions became a two dollar play.

The Trio

On November 1, 2017 Mega Millions increased from $1 to $2 and the Trio became $5. The Trio consists of one Powerball ticket, one Mega Millions ticket, and one The Pick ticket. Powerball and Mega Millions (national games) are both $2 per play, while The Pick (an Arizona-only game) is $1 per play.

Fantasy 5

Fantasy 5 is also drawn six nights a week. It draws 5 of 41 numbers. Its minimum jackpot is $50,000, increasing until there is a 5-of-5 winner. Games are $1. Fantasy 5 has an add-on game, EXTRA!.

Pick 3

Pick 3 is drawn Mondays through Saturdays. The prize for an exact match (Straight) is $250 on a 50-cent wager, or $500 on a $1 wager.


First Scratchers Ticket: Scratch it Rich

The first Arizona Lottery ticket was a Scratchers ticket called Scratch it Rich. The game launched on July 1, 1981. Since then, the Arizona Lottery has sold nearly 1,000 different versions of its Scratchers tickets.

Unusual Scratchers Ticket Prizes

Arizona Lottery winners have received more than just cash prizes in the past 35 years. Some of the most unusual Scratchers prizes have included hot air balloon rides, a Caribbean cruise, a Las Vegas game show experience, a Phoenix Suns travel package, a trip to Caesar’s Palace, a seat in the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event and a contestant spot on an episode of Wheel of Fortune featuring lottery winners exclusively.

Now you know all about the Arizona lottery history!