Arizonans dream of winning lottery jackpots

PHOENIX - Friday night's Mega Millions jackpot is worth more than $150 million and Saturday night's Powerball jackpot is an estimated $270 million.

They're not even close to the record $587.5 million Powerball jackpot that a Fountain Hills man split with a Missouri couple last year, but still enough to spur some dreams.

During the lunch hour in central Phoenix, we caught up with several people debating how they would give notice at work.

"I would quit in a heartbeat," one man said while dining with his co-workers.

They all worked for a government agency, but declined to identify which one so they could dream freely. One woman said she'd buy a Walmart while another joked that he'd let his colleagues stay at his condos in Hawaii and San Diego at no cost.

Another said he'd be careful if he won.

"I'd become a hermit because people would be coming out of the woodwork," he said.

That's what Matthew Good has done.

When the Fountain Hills resident claimed half the $587.5 Powerball jackpot last year he hired a team of attorneys and financial advisors and stayed out of the public eye.

Since Good has had five months to adjust to his multi-millionaire status, ABC15 reached out to him for an interview, but he declined.

On November 28, 2012, the day the record Powerball jackpot was claimed, ticket sales averaged 1,378 per minute.

Arizona Lottery officials tell us since the last Powerball drawing on May 8, more than 122,000 tickets have been sold in our state.

Other facts we gathered from the Arizona Lottery:

  • The Powerball draw Saturday night is estimated at $270 million
  • The cash option would be $175.8 million, before taxes (25% Federal tax, 5% State tax)
  • There have been 21 second prize $1 million winning tickets sold in Arizona since $2 Powerball launched in January 2012
  • The Powerball jackpot has been growing since April 3, 2013 from $40 million to $270 million
  • The jackpot has rolled 11 times without a jackpot winner
  • Sales stop at 6:59 p.m. Saturday night
  • There are 45 Lottery jurisdictions (43 states, District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands) that sell Powerball tickets.
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