Arizona - The Pick
The Pick is Arizona’s $1.00 US jackpot game. Each Jackpot starts at $1 million US dollars and keeps on growing until someone wins it all. There is no limit to how large the jackpot can grow but if there are multiple winners in the same week the jackpot gets split among all of you evenly. The Pick uses a Match 6 format and asks players to choose numbers between 1 and 44, but also has an added chance to win thanks to the Extra! lottery option players can buy as added insurance on every investment.
Lottery Odds And Statistics
The Pick allows players to win cash prizes in four different ways: Match and three numbers for a small prize, four numbers for a larger prize, five numbers for a big prize or all six of the numbers to cash in on the grand prize jackpot!
Lottery Security And Results
Because you can win four ways the overall odds of winning at least the amount of your investment back as a cash prize is approximately 1 in 39.
When you purchase a ticket for The Pick you can also choose the EXTRA! box on the lottery ticket. EXTRA! is a bonus payout option that may be played on every ticket with an additional $1 charge. Prize amounts vary between $1 and $250 for only $1 EXTRA! while your overall odds of winning an EXTRA! prize are just 1 in 3.8.
That means a $2 investment ($1 on The Pick and $1 on Extra!) give you perhaps the absolutely best odds of winning a prize every time you play, even when compared with all the other lotteries around the world.
One thing to watch out for with the Arizona lottery are the time limits you have to collect your winnings. If you win the jackpot, you have only 60 days to choose either a 30-year annuity payout or a lump-sum cash payment for the entire value which works out to approximately half the amount of the announced jackpot because it is being paid up front in one sum rather than via installments over a period of 30 years. If you do not select cash or annuity within the 60 days, your prize will be paid as an annuity.
Even more importantly, all sales are final. Drawing game tickets cannot be voided and ALL drawing prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the drawing. That makes it vitally important that you keep track of all your plays with The Pick and perhaps you might even make sure a loyal friend or family member knows your numbers so that if something happens, you'll still be able to claim your winnings within the 6 month window before they become null and void!
The Arizona Lottery was approved by a statewide public initiative in November of 1980, making Arizona the first US State west of the Mississippi river to have a legal, state-administered lottery. In November of 2002, 73% of Arizonans voted to extend the Lottery for an additional 10 years and legislation was passed in 2010 that ensures the Arizona Lottery and The Pick will continue until at least 2035 before needing to be extended again.
The Pick gives you a terrific chance to win often, especially if you choose the Extra! bonus play option, but the payout will be considerably smaller than some other choices due to those improved odds. When you do win, be sure to claim your prize quickly as their policy of voiding prizes after 180 days makes acting quickly esepecially important.