Arizona Lottery starts year strong - Tucson News Now

Arizona Lottery starts year strong

PHOENIX (Tucson News Now) - The new year is barely a month old for most of us, but it's already the middle of the year for the Arizona Lottery, and it looks to be a strong one.

The lottery says sales are up in the current fiscal year, pacing 7.8 percent over fiscal year 2013 and currently totaling more than $349.5 million.

One thing that helped: December's $636 million Mega Millions jackpot, which amped up sales just before Christmas.  The game got a makeover last October to start with larger jackpots and grow them faster, along with a $1 million second prize and better odds.

Since the game's redesign, Arizona has sold two $1 million Mega Millions second prize winning tickets. The redesign of the game and the near-record jackpot has resulted in a 101.9 percent increase in Mega Millions sales over the same period last year.

The lottery also reports a 9.5 percent increase in the sale of scratch-off tickets, which featured several new games.

Copyright 2014 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • Sound The Alarm event

    Sound The Alarm event

    Friday, September 22 2017 12:57 AM EDT2017-09-22 04:57:53 GMT
    Red cross crews install smoke alarm at an earlier event. (Source: Red Cross of Southern Arizona)Red cross crews install smoke alarm at an earlier event. (Source: Red Cross of Southern Arizona)

    The American Red Cross of Southern Arizona is striving to reduce this ongoing problem by hosting an event called Sound The Alarm. 

    The American Red Cross of Southern Arizona is striving to reduce this ongoing problem by hosting an event called Sound The Alarm. 

  • Hotspots in Tucson for "hands free" ordinance violations

    Hotspots in Tucson for "hands free" ordinance violations

    Friday, September 22 2017 12:33 AM EDT2017-09-22 04:33:02 GMT

    Two hot spots for ticketing distracted drivers in the county are Cardinal and Valencia and Ajo and Palo Verde. 

    Two hot spots for ticketing distracted drivers in the county are Cardinal and Valencia and Ajo and Palo Verde. 

  • Shooting reported on Campbell near Sunnyside High School

    Shooting reported on Campbell near Sunnyside High School

    Friday, September 22 2017 12:09 AM EDT2017-09-22 04:09:52 GMT

    One person was shot in the face at an apartment complex in the 6200 block of South Campbell Avenue, according to Sgt. Pete Dugan spokesman with the Tucson Police Department.  

    One person was shot in the face at an apartment complex in the 6200 block of South Campbell Avenue, according to Sgt. Pete Dugan spokesman with the Tucson Police Department.  

Powered by Frankly