The Arizona Lottery announced on the first day of October that the $6.2 million THE PICK jackpot winning ticket (from the Sept 26th drawing) has been claimed by Frederick Hallwyler, a frequent Arizona visitor and Portland, Oregon resident, purchased the winning ticket at a Fry’s Food Store in Avondale, AZ.
“Our Hall of Winners continues to grow. We are always excited when we award big prize checks like this to these lucky players,” said Tony Bouie, Executive Director of the Arizona Lottery.
Hallwyler plans to become a permanent Arizona resident in the very near future. This event may be why he plans to relocate. On Saturday, September 26, he put some money into a Lottery vending machine and purchased a few tickets. The machine showed that he had a $4 credit, so he purchased four Quick Picks for The Pick drawing that evening. Shortly after that Frederick returned to Portland.
On Tuesday, Sept. 29, Frederick remembered his tickets. First, he checked his Powerball ticket, but didn’t have any wins. Then, he checked his The Pick ticket. At first, Frederick thought he’d won $6,285 and was quite pleased. Then he scrolled further and saw a few more zeros. He said he felt like time had stopped when he realized he was the winner of the $6,285,618 jackpot. Frederick plans to invest his winnings.
Not being familiar with the Arizona Lottery’s requirements, Frederick called the Lottery to find out what information and paperwork he would need to bring with him when he redeemed his ticket. He signed the ticket as soon as he realized it was a winner, but was still nervous carrying it in his wallet on his flight to Phoenix.
Being an avid golfer, Frederick enjoys Arizona weather, particularly during the winter months. While here, he takes advantage of the various spectator sports, such as football, hockey, NASCAR, and basketball. Frederick comes here to relax, play golf, spend time with friends that live in Phoenix and, of course, buy Lottery tickets
The Arizona Lottery operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products; it doesn’t receive any General Fund dollars from the State. Proceeds from sales of Lottery tickets — nearly $3.4 million per week, fund a variety of state programs. Since July 1981, the Arizona Lottery has paid out more than $5.8 billion in prizes to players, more than $3 billion in net funding to the state and more than $686 million in commissions to retailers.