Arizona Lottery Player Claims $250,000 Mega Millions Prize

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - October 14, 2010) -  A winner has come forward to claim a $250,000 prize from the Mega Millions drawing Tuesday, Oct. 12.

The winner, who requested to remain anonymous, purchased the QuickPick Mega Millions ticket at the Fry's Food Store located at 2700 W. Baseline Rd., in Tempe.

After having a coworker double check the numbers on the ticket, the winner calmly approached his boss to take the rest of the day off. He then made his boss and coworker promise they would not tell his secret, before leaving to cash in the ticket. The winner plans to use the money to pay off his car, but has not decided what to do with the rest of his winnings.

"It is always great to see the prize go to a hardworking individual, such as this winner, who is a State of Arizona employee," said Jeff Hatch-Miller, executive director of the Arizona Lottery. "We enjoy meeting each of the winners and learning how the prizes we give out will significantly change their lives. Congratulations to our winner!"

Winning numbers for Mega Millions are broadcast Tuesday and Friday during the 10 p.m. news on Channel 13 (CBS) in Tucson and posted on in Phoenix.

Players can check their numbers by logging onto or by calling the winning numbers hotline at 480-829-PICK in Phoenix and 1-800-499-3798 in all other Arizona areas. Players can also opt-in to receive winning number text alerts by texting "AZLOT" to 411247.

Players must be 21 years or older to purchase or redeem tickets. Overall odds vary by game. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, these materials may be made available in an alternate format. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-NEXT STEP. Please Play Responsibly.™

About the Arizona Lottery
The Arizona Lottery operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products; it receives no General Fund dollars from the State. Proceeds from sales of Lottery tickets -- nearly $3 million per week -- fund a variety of state programs. Since July 1981, the Arizona Lottery has paid out over $4.2 billion in prizes to players, more than $2.5 billion in net profit to the state, and almost $510 million in commissions to retailers.

Contact Information:

Cindy Esquer
Arizona Lottery
(480) 921-4517

Jennifer Adler
E.B. Lane
(602) 417-1594