Best Strategies to Win Arizona Lottery Scratchers Games

5 Proven tips guaranteed to improve your odds of winning AZ Lottery Instant Games and an Excel spreadsheet to help calculate the odds.

When you play the Arizona Lottery instant games, which it calls “Scratchers,” you can choose from 34 different games and win instant cash prizes ranging from $1 to over $1 million depending on game type and price.

Just last year, the AZ lottery launched its newest Scratchers ticket called $185 Million Cash Explosion. This is the largest $20 Scratchers top prize in Arizona Lottery history and winners have the option of a 30-year annuity or a lump sum of $1.25 million before taxes. (The $185 Million Cash name refers to the total value of all prizes, which includes three $100,000 second place prizes and 15 $50,000 third place prizes.)

The two most popular Scratchers games are Crossword and Bingo.

Play and you could be like Katherine Rivera who became rich by playing the $10 Lucky Life scratcher and will receive $5,000 a week for the next 20 years.

How great would it be to win that kind of money!

Well, keep reading and you’ll discover how you can improve your odds – dramatically!

Here’s the basic idea: The Arizona Lottery – the draw game – is a game of pure chance.

You can’t do much to improve your odds of winning except buy more tickets.

However, the AZ Lottery Scratchers games are different. These games are not random.

Sure, there are small things you can do to slightly improve your odds of winning the AZ Lottery jackpot. But in general, the only real way to improve your odds is to purchase more tickets. The more lottery tickets you possess, the better your chance of becoming rich.

The Arizona Lottery scratchers games are different.

Let me repeat. Arizona Lottery drawings are games of chance because the numbers are drawn randomly – without human intervention. The Scratchers tickets are not random because a real person must determine how many total tickets to print, how many will be winning tickets and for what amounts, and how the winning tickets are dispersed geographically. All of these decisions are carefully crafted to maximize excitement and to draw players in and keep them playing.

In short, there is a formula to AZ Lottery Scratchers games. The challenge is to figure it out.

January-coverA famous article in Wired Magazine details how Mohan Srivastava, a geological statistician living in Toronto, figured out one of the formulas.

“The tickets are clearly mass-produced, which means there must be some computer program that lays down the numbers,” Mr. Srivastava is quoted in Wired. “Of course, it would be really nice if the computer could just spit out random digits. But that’s not possible, since the lottery corporation needs to control the number of winning tickets [otherwise it could go bust]. The game can’t be truly random. Instead, it has to generate the illusion of randomness while actually being carefully determined.”

The article goes on to describe his approach. Although his particular method will no longer work on most (probably all) scratch-off tickets, the principle of “illusion of randomness” does still apply.

We can’t tell you the exact formula for your favorite AZ scratch-off games, but we can offer strategies for dramatically improving your odds for winning money when playing instant cash games.

Arizona Lottery Instant Games 5 Best Strategies

If you really want to win more when playing the AZ Lottery instant lottery scratch-off games, start doing the following:

1. Buy all your Arizona Lottery scratch-off tickets from the same roll at the same time.
lottery-tickets-rollYou can assume there are at least a few winners in every roll of tickets. Every time you get a losing ticket, you reduce your chances of losing by one ticket.

Do not buy different games. If you buy a new ticket from a different roll, the pool of losing tickets is much larger and your chances of getting a winning ticket goes down.

2. Don’t play everyday. Rather buy in bulk.
Building on tip #1, the odds are better if instead of buying one ticket every day for a week, you spend the same amount and buy 7 tickets at one time. Better yet, purchase your monthly allotment of scratch offs during one visit. Buying 30 tickets at once is much better than buying one a day.

3. Let others in Arizona buy the losing tickets.
If you’re able to and have the time, hang around and watch others play. If you see a prolonged losing streak from a specific roll, your chances of getting a winning ticket increase because scratch-off tickets are sold with a guaranteed number of winners and losers in each pack.

You could also make friends with the cashier who could keep track for you.

4. Have the retailer’s computer check your losing tickets.
This isn’t about improving your odds necessarily, except that after scratching off 10, 15, or 20 tickets, it’s easy to miss matching symbols or numbers.

5. Strategically plan your play using math and a spreadsheet
Most scratch-off games publish on their websites the odds for each instant cash game. Many will often post prizes that have already been won for each game.

If you do nothing else, at least be sure to check the appropriate website to see which games still have top prizes available.

freelotto-spreadsheetNow to really improve your odds, let’s do a little math (there’s a spreadsheet at the end to make it easy).

We start with a simple concept: When AZ Lottery tickets are sold and prizes won, the odds of winning change.

For example, if a game has sold many tickets, all or nearly all the top prizes could have already been won, so the odds of you winning that $1 million went from very small to virtually zero to perhaps zero if all the top prizes have been claimed.

However, sometimes the odds swing in your favor.

Simplifying the math for the example, let’s say 50% of the tickets have been sold but only 25% of the prizes have been claimed. Naturally, your odds of winning have gone up, or swung in your favor, by 50%. This would be a game you should play.

In reality, the odds never swing this much. In fact, most of the time, the odds vary only slightly. But a slight move in your direction can help and a few times, you’ll find significant swings that can make a worthwhile difference.

We’ve created a spreadsheet you can use to do the math for you. All you need to do is check the game’s website and fill in the numbers.

Here’s how the spreadsheet works for a single game:

First go to the Arizona Lottery website to find the numbers for the game.

You can find the numbers for AZ Lottery here:
Page for Arizona Lottery Scratchers Games

Page for Arizona Lottery Scratchers remaining prizes

To find full listing of remaining prizes, click each game.

AZ Lottery Scratchers $185 MILLION CASH EXPLOSION
all remaining prizes

In column A, fill in the available prizes.

In column B, fill in the odds, which are usually stated as “1 in X.”

In column C, fill in total available prizes.

Column D automatically calculates the estimated number of tickets sold. The formula is:

Odds X Available Prizes = Printed Tickets

Column E automatically calculates your chances of winning.

In column F, fill in the claimed prizes as published on the AZ Lottery website.

Column G automatically calculates the number of remaining prizes.

Column H is an important column. It estimates how many tickets have been sold. This is a number not provided by the website, but it’s critical in determining how the odds have changed.

To generate a reasonable estimate, the spreadsheet uses the estimated tickets sold of the lowest prize amount because this gives us the largest sample size and will be more accurate than the numbers with fewer prizes. You may have to adjust this number depending upon what numbers are available in the earlier columns.

Column I automatically takes the estimated tickets sold and subtracts from total tickets printed to get the estimated remaining tickets.

Column J automatically adjusts the odds based on the new numbers.

Column K automatically adjusts your chances of winning based on the new numbers.

Column L automatically determines how much your chances of winning have changed. Sometimes in your favor, represented by a green bold number, and sometimes against you, represented by a red number.

What does all this mean for the Arizona Lottery Instant Games?

If the odds haven’t changed much, it means that the winning tickets have been evenly distributed throughout the packs, which is not unusual, but it means you can be assured of the following:

Watch for losing streaks from any specific pack. If you see someone else play a number of times in a row and lose, you should play next. A winner will likely follow because of the even distribution strategy.

Bottom line, don’t just walk into a store and purchase a few random AZ Lottery tickets, unless you really don’t care and just want to have fun. But if you want to improve your odds, these strategies do help.

Download instant lottery scratch-off games spreadsheet


To download the spreadsheet to your computer after you’ve clicked on the button above, click the menu File while viewing the document, then choose Download As.

Note, this is a Google Doc so you DO NOT risk getting viruses or other crap you get if you download strange files or those ending in .exe. Google wouldn’t let that happen.

Enjoy the same excitement and chance to win instant cash as scratch-off games.

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Check your tickets! $188.9 million Powerball lottery ticket sold in AZ

If you purchased a Powerball ticket in Glendale, Arizona, on Wednesday, check your numbers. You may have won $188.9 million – or $119,993,157 if you choose the lump sum option.

The winning numbers were 6-8-13-37-40 with a Powerball number of 11.

According to Arizona Lottery officials, a winning Powerball ticket was sold at a Glendale Quik Trip near 43rd Avenue and Union Hills Drive.

No one has come forward to stake his or her claim. The winner has up to 180 days to do so. All unclaimed prize money goes into an unclaimed prize fund, where 25% is directed to the state’s general fund.

We won’t automatically know who won. Under a recently passed Arizona law which goes into effect July 1, winners may choose to remain anonymous for 90 days after they claim their prizes.

Supporters of the law say it gives instant millionaires time to get financial advice and make security arrangements.

If you’re not holding the winning ticket and like to play the lottery, play FreeLotto. The odds are similar to the Arizona lottery, and you can play at home for free. 6 games are available to play.

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State lottery sales plummet 30% in early 2015

Are you suffering from jackpot fatigue?

If you are, you’re not alone.

Ticket sales for Mega Millions and Powerball games were down 30% for the first quarter, 2015.

Imagine what that’s doing to state budgets!?!

States are responding to falling lottery ticket sales by pumping up the jackpot amounts in hopes of luring back the casual player who buys lotto tickets only when the prize becomes enormous.

An interesting catch is that when fewer people play, it becomes hard to reach the ginormous prizes, for example going from $100 million to $300 million

People once impressed with a $100 million payout shrug until it reaches $300 million. Then fewer people play, so it takes longer to get to staggering prizes.

What are people playing? FreeLotto. More and more gamers are flocking to FreeLotto – the world’s largest online lottery style sweepstakes – because they realize it’s free, easy to play, and the odds are similar to state lotteries.

Check it out for yourself. Play right now.

Electrician Wins $1 Million Powerball Prize

Relaxing on remote beachArizona Lottery Officials received a visit from Alvin Yazzie of Chandler, Arizona after he discovered he had won a $1 Million prize. Yazzie matched all five of the regular numbers, only missing the Powerball.

At first, he didn’t think he had won anything because he heard the jackpot winning ticket worth $425 million was sold in California. When he checked his tickets, he was pleasantly surprised.

Yazzie recently celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary with his wife and plans to use some of the prize money to take her on a trip to Hawaii.

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