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Catherine Ramirez, a security guard, says she plays Powerball for the big jackpots. The head of the Arizona Lottery says two record Powerball jackpots contributed to a record-breaking year in fiscal 2013.

The two largest jackpots in Powerball history, including one split by a Fountain Hills man, contributed to a record-breaking fiscal 2013 for the Arizona Lottery, its executive director said. Read more»

Sheila Larsen, who with her husband, Brad, operates Rosie’s at the Boulder Inn Cafe 35 miles south of Hoover Dam, tends to a lottery ticket machine. Rosie’s was the second-highest-grossing Arizona Lottery retailer in fiscal 2009, topped only by a convenience store in the Arizona Strip community of Littlefield. Operators credit both stores’ proximity to Nevada, which has no lottery.

The two highest-grossing Arizona Lottery outlets were isolated businesses close to Nevada, which has no lottery. When the Powerball jackpot spikes, people flood to Rosie's at the Boulder Inn Cafe over Hoover Dam, 35 miles to the north. Read more»

Lucy and Richard Sterba look at Scratchers tickets at their Gold Canyon home. A Cronkite News Service review found that the Sterbas’ ZIP code, 85218, was the hottest spot for lottery players in fiscal 2009.

Those who buy Arizona Lottery tickets are a little older and more affluent than the median. That's different in other states, where studies show that the poor and minorities play the lottery most. Read more»