Did you whimsically spend a buck on a lottery ticket in Goodyear a few months ago?
If so, you might want to check your wallet, purse, glove compartment, junk drawer and under sofa cushions.
Here’s what we know: The first week of June, a “The Pick” Arizona Lottery winning ticket was sold at Circle K at 315 N Litchfield Road in Goodyear.
That ticket had the winning numbers for the June 5 drawing of 4, 14, 22, 24, 28, 43.
That ticket which sold for $1 here in Goodyear, was the winner of a $14.6 million payout.
Here’s what we don’t know:
Who bought the ticket?
As of Monday, Oct. 7, “the winner has not come forward,” said John Gilliland, spokesman for the Arizona Lottery. Whoever purchased it should download a winner claim form the arizonalottery.com/Winners website and take it with a signature on the winning lottery ticket, along with their government-issued ID, to the Arizona Lottery Office, located at 4740 E University Drive, Phoenix.
But time is limited, the winner has the option of an estimated annual annuity payment is $486,666.67 per year for 30 years or a cash-it-out-now prize option of $9,321,446.
The winning ticket expires on Dec. 2, 2019.
If and when the winner comes forward, he or she will also bank a winners prize for that Goodyear Circle K.
Gilliland said retailers who sell big winner tickets recieve a $10,000 bonus.
“But the winner has to claim the ticket for the retailer to get the bonus,” he added.
Gilliland said the winning ticket was sold between 7 p.m. June 1 and 7 p.m. on June 5.
“I can’t give the exact time because certain details are needed to verify the winner,” he added.
If the winner does not come forward before Dec. 2, 30% of the total would go to the Court Appointed State Advocates fund. Another $250,000 would go to the Dual Tribal College Enrollment fund and $835,000 to the Internet Crimes Against Children Enforcement Fund, according to Gilliland. “The rest funds second-chance games and sweetens other pots,” he said.
Gilliland insists the Arizona Lottery is hoping to pay whoever bought that lucky Goodyear ticket.
“We want winners to win,” he said. “We want winners to come forward, get paid and make their dreams come true.”