PHOENIX (Oct. 2, 2012) – A lucky Tucson resident is the first Arizona Lottery player to claim the all new Weekly Winnings top prize of $1,000 per week for an entire year, taxes paid. The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, claimed his prize from the drawing on Friday, Sept. 28, which was only the second draw date in the new game’s history.
The winner purchased his winning ticket from the Giant convenient store located at 6150 S. Kolb Road in Tucson and elected to take his winnings in the form of a $52,000 lump sum, taxes paid.
The winner heard about Weekly Winnings and decided to play because he liked the idea of winning $1,000 per week for a year and also because he liked the odds. He purchased a handful of tickets on his delivery route last week and was overjoyed to find out he was the lucky winner.
"Thanks to the Arizona Lottery for this new game," said the winner. "I still can’t believe I won!"
He plans on using his winnings for a much-needed medical procedure and to take care of his mother.
"It was a thrill to interview our first Weekly Winnings top prize winner," said Karen Bach, director of budget, products and communications for the Arizona Lottery. "An extra $1,000 per week can really make a difference in someone’s life and we look forward to awarding more players with the Weekly Winnings top prize in the coming months."
Weekly Winnings, which launched September 23, has a prize structure unlike any other draw game currently being offered by the Arizona Lottery. With each ticket, players have the chance to win up to six times. A top prize winner can select a payout of $1,000 per week for a year or a lump sum payment of $52,000, taxes paid.
Weekly Winnings game play consists of self-selecting the first set of four numbers or choosing a computer-generated Quick Pick for the top prize of $1,000 per week for one year. The computer then selects the additional five sets of numbers for the second and third prize categories. Prizes for a winning ticket are awarded when a player matches each number within one of the sets of numbers. Only the highest prize within each set of numbers will be paid. Prizes, not including the top prize, range from $2 to $10,000.
Tickets for Weekly Winnings cost $2 each with drawings every Tuesday and Friday, at approximately 9:40 p.m. MST.