Frequently Asked Questions | Arizona Lottery (2023)

Purchasing Tickets

Can I buy Arizona Lottery tickets by phone, mail, or on the Internet?

No. You can only purchase Arizona Lottery tickets for authorized retailers. The Arizona Lottery does not sell tickets over the phone, by mail, or on the Internet. Find a retailer near youto purchase a ticket.

What is the legal age to purchase and redeem Arizona Lottery tickets?

You must be 21 years, or older, to purchase or redeem tickets.

What lottery retailers are closest to neighboring states?

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Use our Locator to find an Arizona Lottery retailer near you.

Security and Protection

How can I protect myself against lottery scams?

If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the Arizona Lottery, Powerball, Mega Millions, or any other institution, be on your guard. If you receive suspicious materials, telephone calls, or emails, or if you are ever in doubt about information that supposedly came from a legitimate Lottery, you can contact the Arizona Lottery Investigations Unit. Learn more about our player security.


What type of drawing system does the Arizona Lottery use?

For The Pick, Fantasy 5, Triple Twist, and Pick 3, the Arizona Lottery uses a Digital Drawing System from Smartplay Origin® RNG Systems. The three machines are audited and certified through Smartplay International, Inc., as well as the Arizona Lottery and a third party, KPMG.

Quick Draw Game (One to Win and 5/10/45) drawings are conducted by an Automated Drawing Machine on Scientific Games’ central-gaming system.

Where are the drawings held?

All in-state Arizona Lottery Draw Game (The Pick, Fantasy 5, Triple Twist, and Pick 3) drawings are conducted at the Arizona Lottery Phoenix Office.

All Arizona Lottery Quick Draw drawings are conducted by Scientific Games’ central-gaming system.

The Multi-State Lottery Association conducts the Powerball drawing in Tallahassee, Florida and the Mega Millions drawing in Atlanta, Georgia.

Where do I go to enter the Second Chance drawings?

You can enter Second Chance promotions by clicking on Player Rewards or by going to, where you will be able to see all available promotions.

Winning Numbers

What phone number do I call to hear the winning numbers?

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If you live in area codes 480, 602, 623, or 520, use the local hotline numbers:

  • Phoenix:480- 829-7425
  • Tucson: 520- 325-9141

For callers outside of the metro areas, call 1-800-499-3798.

Where can I find past winning numbers for Draw Games and Quick Draw Games?

You can view past winning numbers on one of the game pages: Powerball, Mega Millions, The Pick, Fantasy 5, Pick 3,Triple Twist, One To Win, and 5/10/45.

When are the winning numbers updated on the website?

Draw Game winning numbers are updated every night there is a drawing. If the numbers that are posted appear to be outdated, the website may be experiencing technical difficulties. If you are not seeing the current numbers, contact us.

Quick Draw drawings and winning numbers can be viewed shortly after the drawing occurs on Players Club and

Why does it take so long for Draw Game winning numbers to be posted on your website?

The drawing does not take place immediately after the sale of tickets for a particular drawing stops. First, each individual ticket must be read into the lottery's system and verified as a valid ticket. We do not conduct a drawing unless every ticket is logged correctly in our system. After the winning numbers are drawn, they are entered into our internal system, and then each winning ticket must be identified so that winners can claim their prizes as soon as possible. Once everything is verified, the winning information is sent to the website.

Redeeming Prizes

What do I do if I win?

All Arizona Lottery retailers will redeem prizes up to $100 and may redeem prizes up to $599.

Prizes of $600 or more must be claimed at an Arizona Lottery Office. You can also claim tickets by completing a claim form and mailing them to our office. For complete details on claiming your prize, see our Winner Brochure.

Download an Arizona Lottery Winners Claim Form (available in English or Spanish).

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How long do I have to claim/redeem a winning ticket?

Draw game tickets expire 180 days from the date of the draw. Fast Play game tickets expire 180 days from the purchase date. Once a ticket has expired, it cannot be redeemed. Scratchers tickets expire 180 days from the game-ending date. View the Scratchers game-ending dates.

What happens if I lose or destroy a winning ticket?

Losing a lottery ticket is like losing cash. Protect yourself by signing the back of your ticket, filling in your address and keeping it safe. Unless signed, anyone of legal age, who has the ticket, can redeem it. The Arizona Lottery is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged tickets.

How can I collect my winnings if I live in another state?
You can send in your tickets to redeem them. To redeem your tickets, please read the WinnerBrochure. Information regarding collecting your winnings can also be found on theback of the ticket.

About Prizes

Where can I find the payouts for each game?

Payouts can be found on each individual game page.

What is the difference between cash and annuity?

The Arizona Lottery is often asked whether players should choose cash or annuity. We can only
suggest that financial issues be discussed with a lawyer, CPA, or financial planner.

A jackpot winner has 60 days from the claim date (the date the ticket is presented for validation)in which to can choose either the cash or an annuity.

  • Cash – If the winner chooses cash, the Lottery will issue a check when the ticket isvalidated. The cash value is approximately one-half the advertised value of the jackpotand is given to the winner in one lump sum.
  • Annuity – The winner who selects an annuity is paid a lump sum and then 29 annualgraduated payments for Mega Millions, Powerball, and The Pick.

What happens if an annuity winner dies before the last payment?

You can, and should, name a beneficiary when you claim your jackpot prize. The prize is the winner's property and is considered part of the winner's estate. If a beneficiary is not designated, the prize will remain part of the winner's estate.

If I win the jackpot, can I remain anonymous?

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The names of persons or legally formed entities that are paid lottery prizes or winnings of $600 or more are held confidential for 90 days from the date the prize is awarded and are not a public record during that period. In accordance with Arizona Revised Statute (A.R.S.)§5-573(D), winners of $100,000 or greater may elect to keep their name permanently confidential.Information regarding the prize winner's city and county of residence is not confidential.

A prize winner may voluntarily consent to the disclosure of their name. Can a blind trust collect winnings?

The Arizona Lottery will not accept a blind trust as Arizona Revised Statutes § 5-5-575 requires the Lottery to ensure that any Lottery winner does not owe the state a debt, which must be set off against the Lottery prize.

I thought that I had won playing Extra!, but the retailer told me I hadn't. Why?

EXTRA! is an instant game that you can win before the drawing even occurs. You must match your EXTRA! numbers to the numbers you selected for The Pick or Fantasy 5 drawing instead of the numbers that came up for the drawing.

What happens when a prize is not claimed?

Use of unclaimed prizes is specifically defined in Arizona revised statutes. Most of the funds are added back into the Arizona Lottery’s prize fund to create more winning opportunities for players! Additionally, a portion of unclaimed prizes supports our legislatively mandated beneficiaries:

  • The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program through the Arizona Supreme court receives 30 percent of unclaimed prizes. The program recruits and trains judicially appointed volunteers to speak for abused and neglected children in court proceedings.
  • The Tribal College Dual Enrollment Fund administered through the Arizona Department of Education receives up to $325,000 from unclaimed prizes. The educational program gives Native American students in Arizona the opportunity to take a college course for both high school and college credit.

Unclaimed prizes also serve as a secondary funding source for two beneficiaries that are funded through the Lottery’s instant tab product line.

  • The Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children (AZICAC) Task Force receives up to $900,000 for training and equipment. The task force is tasked with locating, prosecuting, and imprisoning people who intentionally exploit children.
  • The Victims’ Rights Enforcement Fund receives up to $100,000 to protect the rights of crime victims in criminal cases and provides social services to them as needed.


Who do I contact for problems with Second Chance drawings?

Use the Feedback Page on to report any issues or to ask questionsregarding Second Chance drawings.

Why does my Scratchers ticket no longer have a 3-letter code?

In the beginning, the 3-letter validation codes on Scratchers tickets were put in place for retailers, in the event that their systems went down, to validate a ticket in order to pay a player. Today, all ticket validations are required to go through our system using the new terminals. The validation codes were also removed to increase player security. Instead, barcodes are now printed on every ticket. You can reveal the barcode at the bottom of your Scratchers ticket by scratching it, then check if it is a winning ticket at any lottery retailer near you.

If Scratchers game odds are 1 in 4, why don't I win when I buy 4 tickets in a row?

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When the tickets are printed, the winning tickets are randomly distributed among all availabletickets. For example, the fact that overall odds of a Scratchers game are 1 in 4 does notguarantee every fourth ticket will be a winner. The odds are based on the number of winningtickets out of the total number of tickets printed. It is therefore possible that sequential winningor non-winning tickets could occur. The odds on the back of the ticket are overall odds of thegame and not the odds per pack of tickets.

How long does it take for The Pick jackpot to get above $1 million?

The starting jackpot of The Pick is $1 million. The Lottery increases The Pick's advertised jackpot prize amount in increments of $100,000 based upon sales generated for the jackpot prize pool. The jackpot is directly correlated with the sales of the game, so the jackpot may or may not roll after every drawing.


What are the 5 most common lottery numbers? ›

As for Powerball, the numbers that have appeared the most are: 39, 32, 41, 23 and 22. On the other hand, the Powerball that has appeared the most times is 18.

What is the most common winning numbers for the lottery? ›

Most common Powerball numbers
  • 61 (drawn 78 times)
  • 77 (77 times)
  • 63 (73 times)
  • 21 (73 times)
  • 69 (71 times)
  • 36 (70 times)
  • 23 (70 times)
  • 39 (69 times)
5 Nov 2022

What gives you the best chance to win the lottery? ›

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  1. Buy extra tickets. Ok, we never said these tips would be that creative. ...
  2. Stick to your lucky numbers. ...
  3. Don't play every week. ...
  4. Pick high numbers. ...
  5. Don't buy consecutive numbers. ...
  6. Don't play in patterns.
3 Jan 2018

What are the 3 luckiest numbers? ›

The top 10 are: 11, 7, 17, 27,19, 23, 12,13, 9 and 18. So how do you pick lucky numbers? For those who use birthdays, five of the most commonly drawn numbers are more than 31, meaning they are not likely to have picked them. Another approach that is commonly used is to look for numbers that have not come up in a while.

What are the 6 most winning lottery numbers? ›

The most frequently appearing Powerball numbers are: 1, 26, 18, 10, 10, 2, 12, 11, 9, 6 and 20.

What numbers are least likely to win the lottery? ›

According to KNTV, the least common powerball numbers are 26, 34, 13, 46, 4 and 24 (based on the last seven years of data). The least common Powerball numbers are 23, 12, 15, 7, 16 and 20.

Do random numbers ever win the lottery? ›

The short answer– no. Math experts and lotto officials will tell you there's a common misconception that the odds of winning are different if you go with your own numbers, like a combination important to you personally, birthdays, anniversaries, etc… versus taking a random line spit out from the computer.

Is it possible to predict lotto numbers? ›

The simple answer is no. There is no guarantee that lottery number predictions will help you win the lotto. Nobody can predict which numbers will come up in the next lottery draw. Lotto predictions can be a fun way to choose which numbers to bet.

What should I do immediately after winning the lottery? ›

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  1. Be quiet about winning. ...
  2. Make copies of the ticket, secure it. ...
  3. Try to stay anonymous. ...
  4. Decide if you want to set up a trust. ...
  5. Sign your ticket. ...
  6. Annuity or lump sum. ...
  7. Be prepared for taxes. ...
  8. Plan for the future.
8 Nov 2022

What is the first thing a lottery winner should do? ›

1. Protect Your Ticket. Before doing anything else, take steps to protect your winning lottery ticket. If you lose it and can't subsequently prove you're its rightful owner, you'll be right back where you started.

Which lottery is easiest to win? ›

The lottery with the best odds in the world, for a major jackpot, is the Spanish Christmas Lottery, known as El Gordo ('The Fat One') at the outstanding odds of 1 in 100,000. However, this lottery is actually more like a raffle.

How do I pick my lucky lottery numbers? ›

8 Different Ways To Pick Your Lottery Numbers
  1. Study The Statistics. This method involves looking up previous draws and noting down the balls that get drawn most frequently. ...
  2. Use Numerology. Next up, we come onto numerology. ...
  3. Use Lucky Numbers. ...
  4. Go Random. ...
  5. Pick Numbers Over 31. ...
  6. Make A Pattern. ...
  7. Use A System. ...
  8. Leave It To The Machine.

Why do most lottery winners choose the lump-sum? ›

Choosing a lump-sum payout can help winners avoid long-term tax implications and also provides the opportunity to immediately invest in high-yield financial options like real estate and stocks. Electing a long-term annuity payout can have major tax benefits. Federal taxes reduce lottery winnings immediately.

What are the 9 Ways to Win Powerball? ›

What are the nine prizes for the Powerball?
  • 1 number plus the Powerball – still $4. ...
  • 2 numbers plus the Powerball - $7. ...
  • 3 numbers - $7 again. ...
  • 3 numbers plus the Powerball - $100. ...
  • 4 numbers - $100. ...
  • 4 numbers plus the Powerball - $50,000. ...
  • 5 numbers - $1 million.

What is the lucky number for 2022? ›

Lucky numbers: 1, 3, and 4 and numbers containing them (like 13 and 43)

What is the world's luckiest number? ›

Seven was the most popular choice for both men and women. The survey revealed some other findings, too.

What is the luckiest number for everyone? ›

In many cultures around the world, seven is considered a lucky number. This probably explains the affinity many people feel for the number seven. Some scientists and mathematicians also believe there are some interesting properties of the number itself that also make it alluring.

Do most lotto winners choose their numbers? ›

So, is it better to play Quick Pick or to select your own numbers? Chances of winning the lotto between playing quick picks or selecting your own numbers are both equal. “Around 70 to 80 percent of Powerball players use Quick Pick tickets, and the same percentage of winning entries are Quick Picks,” one report said.

Do lotto numbers repeat themselves? ›

Vic Christie has observed that there have been quite a large number of repeated pairs in the winning numbers: after the first seventeen draws, no fewer than sixteen pairs had appeared more than once, with two of them even appearing three times.

What is the least popular number? ›

More than any other number, people seemed to pick 0 because they thought it was a clever thing to do, Bellos says. As for the world's “least favorite” number, that would be 110.

What is the most random number between 1 and 100? ›

The most random two-digit number is 37, When groups of people are polled to pick a “random number between 1 and 100”, the most commonly chosen number is 37. The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything (“what is 6 times 9”, correct in base 13).

What are the 6 luckiest numbers for Mega Millions? ›

Drawn 6 times: 2, 4, 6, 8, 15, 16, 19, 21, 53, 58, 66.
The gold Mega Ball numbers drawn the most for 2022:
  • Drawn 7 times: 24.
  • Drawn 4 times: 17, 25.
  • Drawn 3 times: 2, 12, 13, 18, 15, 16.
28 Jul 2022

What do all lottery winners have in common? ›

All winners have one thing in common—they aren't afraid to lose. Most meaningful “wins” in life involve risk of loss. The potential loss could be financial, emotional, ego-related, or something more abstract. This might sound like familiar and obvious topic, but I think there's a nuance here worth exploring.

Is it better to play Quick Pick for lottery numbers or? ›

Use Quick Picks – Your lucky numbers aren't as lucky, or unique, as you think. With randomly-generated quick picks, however, you're far less likely to end up sharing your jackpot.

Is the lottery random or is there a pattern? ›

There is nothing random about the lottery,” he said. “In reality, everything about the game has been carefully designed to control payouts and entice the consumer.” Click here for more good news stories.

Is there a formula to win the lottery? ›

To calculate your odds of winning the lottery, use the formula: factorial of n over factorial of r times factorial of n minus r, where n is the total number of possible numbers and r is the number of numbers chosen.

Which numbers should I play in the lottery? ›

The most frequently pulled Powerball numbers are 1, 26, 18, 10, 2, 12, 11, 9, 6, and 20. If you're deciding which numbers to choose and feel that past winning numbers might be a key to future winning numbers then these Powerball numbers should definitely be on your list.

How long does it take to get your money if you won the lottery? ›

If you elected the cash option or if your prize is only offered in a single payment, your check should arrive approximately six to eight weeks from your claim date. If your prize is to be paid in installments, your first payment should be available within six to eight weeks from your claim date.

How long does it take for lottery winnings to hit your bank account? ›

How long does it take to get your hands on the prize after winning the jackpot? Denton: About three weeks. Once the claim is made, all of the U.S. lotteries involved with the Mega Millions game put in their share of the jackpot amount. Winners typically get the prize wired to their financial account within three weeks.

How long does it take to be paid if you win the lottery? ›

The winning amounts up to $600: paid out on the spot. Mid-range prizes: paid the next banking day. The Pick prizes ($1 million and more): no longer than 60 days, but usually paid within 5-10 working days from claiming back the ticket.

What are the 6 most common Powerball numbers? ›

Among the main numbers, 61, 32, 21, 63, and 69 have been drawn most often. For the Powerball numbers, 24, 18, 4, 13, and 21 have been drawn most frequently.

Is trying to win the lottery worth it? ›

Your chances of winning the lottery are extremely low. The odds of winning the lottery do not increase by playing frequently. Advertised lottery jackpots are the sum of annuity payments winners receive over decades; the alternative lump-sum payouts are much smaller.

What are some unlucky numbers? ›

What are the unluckiest numbers? According to global superstitions, the unluckiest numbers are 12, 17, 13 and 666. The Japanese culture also believes some ages to be unlucky including 25, 42 and 60.

How do I predict the next lottery numbers? ›

The short answer is that you can't predict the lottery. The numbers must be selected at random, so in theory there is no pattern that decides what numbers will be drawn next. This is true both for physical lotteries that use ball machines, and for online lotteries (like our Quickwin) that use random number generators.

Do you pay taxes on lottery winnings every year? ›

Unlike salary or professional income where people are allowed to take deductions or allowance, winnings from contests are fully taxable. This is the case even if the basic exemption or tax slab exemption applies if the winner's income is not that much. The entire amount will be taxable at a flat rate of 31.20%.

Are you more likely to win lottery if you play same numbers every time? ›

They may therefore conclude that sticking them on the ticket might be a good idea. One reason why that may be true is that while it shouldn't increase your chance of getting the right numbers, it does mean that if you do, then you may win a bigger prize.

Do lottery odds increase with more tickets? ›

“Because you are picking numbers,” he explained in an interview. “You're not playing against other players.” So even if the number of players increases, he continued, “It doesn't matter if you are the only one playing or millions of people [are] playing, it's the same odds your number hits the winning number.”

What happens if you get all 5 numbers but not the Powerball? ›

Tickets that match all five main numbers but don't match the Powerball are still worth $1 million. When your Power Play matches that of the drawing, your prize doubles to $2 million.

What is the best strategy for Powerball? ›

on lottery tickets. If you can only buy one ticket or even 10 but not 100, that's OK. "Set a budget of what you're going to spend.
  • Avoid "quick-pick" ...
  • Use the entire board. ...
  • Stick with your instincts. ...
  • Be consistent. ...
  • Don't get carried away.
16 Oct 2018

Is there a formula to win Powerball? ›

The number of ways your Powerball number can match the single Powerball number is: COMBIN(1,1) = 1. The product of these is the number of ways you can win the Jackpot: COMBIN(5,5) x COMBIN(1,1) = 1. The probability of success is thus: 1/292,201,338 = 0.000000003422297813+.

Which lottery is the easiest to win? ›

The lottery with the best odds in the world, for a major jackpot, is the Spanish Christmas Lottery, known as El Gordo ('The Fat One') at the outstanding odds of 1 in 100,000. However, this lottery is actually more like a raffle.

What is the first thing you should do if you win the lottery? ›

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  1. Be quiet about winning. ...
  2. Make copies of the ticket, secure it. ...
  3. Try to stay anonymous. ...
  4. Decide if you want to set up a trust. ...
  5. Sign your ticket. ...
  6. Annuity or lump sum. ...
  7. Be prepared for taxes. ...
  8. Plan for the future.
8 Nov 2022

What are the best numbers chosen for lottery? ›

First Five Numbers: 7 – drawn 16 times, 16% of drawings and 3.2% of draws.
Powerball Number:
  • 18 – drawn 7 times, 7% of drawings.
  • 4 – drawn 6 times, 6% of drawings.
  • 26 – drawn 6 times, 6% of drawings.
  • 5 – drawn 5 times, 5% of drawings.
  • 7 – drawn 5 times, 5% of drawings.
25 Sept 2022

Do most lottery winners pick their numbers or quick pick? ›

So, is it better to play Quick Pick or to select your own numbers? Chances of winning the lotto between playing quick picks or selecting your own numbers are both equal. “Around 70 to 80 percent of Powerball players use Quick Pick tickets, and the same percentage of winning entries are Quick Picks,” one report said.

Is it worth playing the lottery? ›

Your chances of winning the lottery are extremely low. The odds of winning the lottery do not increase by playing frequently. Advertised lottery jackpots are the sum of annuity payments winners receive over decades; the alternative lump-sum payouts are much smaller.


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