Arizona Lottery using unclaimed $14M prize to double nonjackpot prizes
PHOENIX — The Arizona Lottery is raising the stakes after a ticket worth $14.6 million went unclaimed and expired in December.
The lottery is doubling all nonjackpot prizes for The Pick tickets purchased from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15, the organization announced Tuesday.
The $14.6 million jackpot ticket was sold June 5 at the Circle K near Van Buren Street and Litchfield Road in Goodyear.
Because it went unclaimed, money went to three local programs: 30% to Court Appointed Special Advocates, up to $835,000 to the Internet Crimes Against Children task force and up to $250,000 to the Dual Tribal Enrollment Fund.
The leftover money is being used to double the prizes during the month time period.
“We are much happier when our winners claim their prizes,” Gregg Edgar, Arizona Lottery’s executive director, said in a press release. “But this is a great way to use unclaimed prize money to deliver benefit to The Pick players and we are pleased to return this money to them in a fun and exciting way.”
The Pick is the state’s draw game and costs $1 per entry. Nonjackpot prizes are normally $3, $50 and $2000. The odds of winning a jackpot are 1 in 7,059,052.
The prize doubling does not apply to EXTRA!, a separate game that can be added to The Pick tickets, according to the release.
Several other Arizona lottery tickets remain unclaimed, including five worth $50,000 apiece.