Arizona Lottery Makes Historic $206 Million Transfer to State Beneficiaries

  • By SAlessi
  • Apr. 13, 2017

PHOENIX (January 20, 2017) – From a milestone anniversary and new airport location, to the first-ever Arizona Cardinals Scratchers® and a billion dollar Powerball, the Arizona Lottery had a lot to celebrate in 2016. The biggest highlight of the year, however, is Arizona Lottery’s record breaking annual transfer of over $206 million back to the state of Arizona.

In fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016), Arizona Lottery transferred more than $206 million to its beneficiaries—a 17% increase from fiscal year 2015, or nearly $30 million.

“Through this record-breaking transfer, Lottery will continue to positively impact a variety of programs and organizations that serve diverse groups of Arizonans, such as foster children, the vulnerable, tribal students and more,” said Governor Ducey.

The transfer increase is a result of record-breaking sales driven by the largest Powerball® ever recorded, an incredible $1.586 billion. Consequently, Powerball was the most Googled term in 2016 producing international attention. The $1.586 billion jackpot generated over $85 million in sales in Arizona over the course of just nine weeks.

Proceeds from Arizona Lottery sales have a large economic impact as well. With three Top 10 Powerball jackpots in 2016 alone, lottery players and retailers got lucky. Here are the highlights:

• 5th largest Powerball Jackpot reaching $487 million, resulting in $25.9 million in sales over a course of 12 weeks

• 7th largest Powerball Jackpot reaching $429.6 million, resulting in $19.6 million in sales over a course of 8 weeks

• Nearly half a billion dollars paid in prizes to Arizona players

• Over $59.1 million in commissions to retailers

“The growth we have seen in transfers to beneficiaries, commissions for retailers and prizes for players is an immense accomplishment for Arizona as a whole,” said Gregg Edgar, Executive Director of the Arizona Lottery. “Looking forward, we are strategizing various innovative ways to maintain, and even surpass these record numbers so Lottery can continue to deliver its products how our players would like, as well as transfer even more funds to our beneficiaries.”

The Arizona Lottery transfers dollars to 13 legislatively mandated funds that serve 18 beneficiaries. Funding supports organizations throughout Arizona in the areas of Arts and Education, Community Enrichment, Economic Development, Environmental Conservation, Health and Human Services and Public Safety.