Updated May 11, 2012 - 11:48 am
Glendale man has six $1 million Powerball tickets
GLENDALE, Ariz. - A Glendale man won six $1 million prizes for second-place winning tickets in the April 25th multistate lottery game.
Jeff Hatch-Miller, Executive Director of the Arizona Lottery said the winner, who wants to remain anonymous, bought six different tickets, hand-picking the same numbers six different times.
"It's absolutely fantastic, and as rare as it might be, it does happen," Hatch-Miller said.
The winner picked up his $6 million in winnings over a course of three visits to the Arizona Lottery's headquarters in Phoenix.
"It was an exciting event each time," said Hatch-Miller. "The fact that they came three different times had to do with something only known to them and certainly not known to us."
Hatch-Miller said the Arizona Lottery changed the Powerball in January so that the second prize would be a $1 million dollar prize, and since then has had 10 second place winners. The state ranks second in the nation for the most second-prize winners.
The winning tickets were purchased at the QuickTrip near Glendale and 67th avenues. Karen Bach with the Arizona Lottery says the convenience store will receive a $30,000 commission for selling the winning tickets.