PHOENIX (May 23, 2013) – The Arizona Lottery announces that one of the two $1 million Powerball second prize winning tickets from the drawing on May 18 has been claimed by a group of 15 co-workers from Safford. This is the 23rd $1 million Powerball second prize winning ticket sold in Arizona since $2 Powerball launched in January 2012 and one of three second prize winning tickets sold during the record-breaking $590.5 million Powerball jackpot run.
Three representatives of the 15-member office pool, who call themselves “The Safford Fortunate 15,” claimed the group’s winning ticket at the Arizona Lottery office in Phoenix. Donna Talley, Wendy Layton and Gloria Ogas were overjoyed with their win.
Talley purchased the winning Quick Pick® ticket at the Giant Service Station located at 300 E. U.S. Hwy. 70 in Safford. She received a call from a co-worker saying they had five matching numbers the morning after the draw. When she walked into the store after church on Sunday to check the tickets, the clerk said, “We’ve been waiting for you.”
Each member of the pool received a check for $46,666.90 after taxes.
“It was a thrill meeting the three women who came in to claim the office pool’s winning ticket,” said Karen Bach, director of budget, products, and communications for the Arizona Lottery. “They were extremely grateful, and it’s nice to know this win will benefit a group of 15 co-workers who will be able to celebrate and share in this wonderful experience together.”
The other $1 million Powerball second prize winning ticket from the drawing on May 18 that was sold in Chandler is yet to be claimed.
The redesigned $2 Powerball game offers many appealing features to players, including better overall odds and jackpots that grow bigger, faster. The starting jackpot doubled from $20 million to $40 million and the second prize for matching all five numbers, without the Powerball, increased from $200,000 to $1 million. Since $2 Powerball launched in January 2012, there have been 24 $1 million second prize winning tickets sold in Arizona.
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