Arizona’s Biggest Winners
Arizona has crowned its first ever Mega Millions winner. An unknown ticket holder won a jackpot worth $410 million on Tuesday June 9th, making them the state’s biggest (and only) Mega Millions winner and the biggest lottery winner in Arizona’s history.
The prize was the 11th-biggest Mega Millions jackpot ever given away and was the first time in a year that it surpassed $400 million. The prize had a cash lump sum value of $316 million before taxes. Winners in Arizona can remain anonymous if their prize is worth $100,000, so it may be that the identity of the Mega Millions winner is never disclosed to the public.
The winner has 180 days to claim the prize. Should they decide to remain anonymous some details of the win, such as the city in which the ticket was bought and whether they opted for the annuity or the lump sum, may still be released.
The legislation to allow lottery winners in Arizona to remain anonymous was only enacted in April 2019, so the identity of the state’s next-biggest winner was made public after his win in November 2012. Matthew Good split a Powerball jackpot worth $587 million with another winner from Missouri, taking a lump sum payout worth $192 million.
Maria Herrera from Glendale is the only other winner from Arizona to have hit a jackpot worth more than $100 million. She claimed a $188 million Powerball jackpot in June 2015 and went for the cash lump sum of $119 million before taxes. Like Matthew Good before her, Herrera’s name was initially kept confidential but was released after a public records request was filed.
A syndicate called the Arizona 9 claimed the biggest group win in the state’s history when they won half of a $94 million Powerball jackpot. The syndicate, started by a group of co-workers at an architectural firm, usually only played the lottery when the jackpot reached $100 million, but decided to play a little earlier on that occasion. The decision paid off and the group cashed a jackpot worth just over $47 million.