arizona lottery 35th anniversary

Arizona Lottery introduces Scratchers game booklets

Arizona Lottery (Photo: Arizona Lottery)

The Arizona Lottery has introduced new Scratchers game booklets in time for holiday giving.

On Tuesday, the Arizona Lottery released its Big Money Game Book — the first-ever game booklet issued by the state lottery.

Big Money Game Book includes six $5 Scratchers tickets at a discounted price of $20 during the holiday season.

“Scratchers tickets are extremely popular during the holiday season because they make fun and easy gifts,” said Tony Bouie, the Arizona Lottery’s executive director.

Included in the booklet are the following games: Money Bag Doubler, 5X the Cash, Money Multiplier, Jumbo Bucks Doubler, and two Big Money tickets.

Big Money Game Book players can win up to $150,000 per booklet, and lottery officials expect to award more than $21 million.

The ticket booklets are the first of ten games designed to commemorate the Arizona Lottery’s 35th anniversary in 2016. Since 1981, the lottery has paid out more than $5.8 billion in winnings.

The other nine games will be released throughout 2016, with each ticket featuring a 35th anniversary seal. Non-cash winning tickets with the seal will be eligible for a Second Chance Drawing on the Arizona Lottery website. Nearly 200 winning tickets will be pulled in five separate drawings throughout the year, giving winners the opportunity for prizes between $500 and $150,000, according to a lottery statement.

Big Money Game Books will be sold at customer service counters at participating retailers.

The first-ever booklet offered by the Arizona Lottery includes six $5 Scratchers tickets.

35 years and counting

Beneficiaries of lottery ticket sales include state organizations and programs that represent the Arizona Lottery’s six main pillars: arts and education, community enrichment, economic development, environmental conservation, health and human services and public safety. (Photo: Arizona Lottery)

Since 1981, Arizona Lottery has pledged $3.5 billion to state needs

The majority of Arizona residents know about the Arizona Lottery – they see the jackpot billboards on the side of the freeway or they receive the occasional Scratchers® ticket as a gift! What some residents might not know is that the state’s lottery represents a big win for Arizona.

The Arizona Lottery recently celebrated its 35th Anniversary making players’ dreams come true and giving millions back to significant state programs. Here’s a look at some ways the lottery quietly impacts the everyday lives of thousands of Arizonans.

35 years of giving back

The lottery story begins by looking at the significance of a one-dollar bill. This seemingly small sum is critically important when spent on a single lottery ticket.

For the player, a one-dollar Scratchers® or draw ticket comes with the hope of winning – and how that could change the life for the player or his or her family. For the retailer, the dollar is another lottery ticket sale and an increase in store commission. However, that dollar brings much more to Arizona. July 1st marked the Arizona Lottery’s 35th anniversary. Since 1981, those many single dollar ticket purchases have brought great accomplishments to celebrate.

In 35 years, the lottery achieved nearly $12 billion in sales; its retail partners earned more than $730 million in commissions, and about $6.1 billion in prizes were paid out to fulfill the dreams of our players. Most importantly, every city and town in Arizona has been touched by the $3.5 billion in transfer dollars the lottery has committed to its beneficiaries.

Lottery ticket sales generate funding for 13 legislatively-mandated funds that serve 18 beneficiaries. These beneficiaries include state organizations and programs that represent the Arizona Lottery’s six main pillars: arts and education, community enrichment, economic development, environmental conservation, health and human services and public safety.

Where the dollars go

Benefits to the Homeless:The Department of Economic Security’s Homeless Services program is one of the lottery’s 18 beneficiaries. Eighty-two percent of lottery funds for this program contribute to the rapid rehousing program, which offers Arizona’s homeless a permanent roof over their head while giving them a sense of ownership. In 2015, over 1,800 people were placed into permanent housing through the rapid rehousing program. With an ambitious mission to end family and youth homelessness by 2021, the Arizona Lottery is proud to be a part of this effort.

Education/University Support: Having an impact on our state’s education and its accredited universities is a great accomplishment for the lottery. Transfer dollars to the university bond fund cover 80 percent of annual debt payments on bonds issued for capital projects at the universities. The fund has helped support notable projects such as Arizona State University’s School of Construction, Northern Arizona University’s science building, and the University of Arizona’s bioscience research labs.

Kartchner Caverns:Lottery dollars contributed to the development of the beautiful Kartchner Caverns in Southern Arizona. Today, the site is popular for tourists and also serves as an educational instrument for the state’s schools. In April, Kartchner Caverns was voted “the best cave in the USA” by USA Today.

Northern Arizona Businesses: In Northern Arizona, lottery transfer dollars assist with extending business development opportunities to more than 3,800 small businesses in Yavapai County through the Arizona Commerce Authority Northern Arizona Council of Governments.

Arizona Roadways: Lottery dollars have also literally paved the way for our residents and tourists to reach every corner of the Grand Canyon State. The lottery helped fund construction, maintenance and repair of roads and streetlights in Apache Junction, Douglas, Flagstaff, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Payson, Prescott and Yuma.

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