Won the lottery? Here are the legal implications

Arizona residents can buy lottery tickets in vending machines.

Some of us simply dream about winning the lottery while others are regular participants. The lottery is fun to play — thinking about what we’ll do if we win — but it also serves an important purpose in each state. In Arizona, the money from ticket sales goes to programs and organizations that help Arizona communities such as education, health and human services, the environment and economic and business development.

According to GoBankingRates.com, for one of the most popular lotteries in the United States, Mega Millions, your odds of winning are about 1 in 176 million. If you’re playing a single-state lottery, your odds increase to 1 in 42 million. To put that in perspective, you are about 30,000 times more likely to experience a bathroom injury than you are to win the Mega Millions jackpot, 250 times more likely to be struck by lightning and 80 times more likely to die by shark attack.

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