Surprise man claims $1 Million "Millionaire Raffle" ticket

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PHOENIX - The following is a press release from the Arizona Lottery:

Dan Kalous of Surprise claimed a $1 million prize today at the Arizona Lottery offices in Phoenix amidst a festive appreciation event for all lottery players and Millionaire Raffle winners. Twenty-eight year old Kalous purchased his ticket at the 7-Eleven at 19848 N. 27th Ave. in Phoenix. His is one of two $1 million prize winners tied to the Arizona Lottery Millionaire Raffle. The second ticket, sold at the Circle K at 7424 W. McDowell Road in Phoenix, is yet to be claimed.

"My dad and I stopped at the 7-Eleven on the way to a Suns game and I encouraged him to buy a ticket," said Kalous. "He purchased his ticket first. I was shocked that within moments of his purchase and mine, literally minutes, there had been almost 100 tickets sold. My ticket number of course, was 298129 the winning ticket!"

When asked what he would do with the money Kalous shared with a sigh, "I'm going to pay off my house and be mortgage free. My wife and I will also now join my brother and his new wife on their honeymoon in Hawaii!" Kalous is a superintendent at Meritage Homes and plans to keep working.

"It has been an exciting day at the Arizona Lottery," said Art Macias, Arizona Lottery executive director. "We always hope for a $1 million winner to come through the day after the drawing, but when it happens it still jolts the entire place with excitement!"

The Millionaire Raffle drawing was held last night; all winning numbers can be found on the Arizona Lottery website at arizonalottery.com and azmillionaireraffle.com. Winners can collect prizes at either Lottery office starting today. The player appreciation events at our Arizona Lottery offices in Phoenix and Tucson marked the special occasion. Players walked the red carpet, were cheered on by the Sun City Cheerleaders, and were entertained by jugglers, dancers and musicians.

Millionaire Raffle ticketholders can visit www.arizonalottery.com and www.azmillionaireraffle.com to check their six-digit raffle ticket numbers. Nearly $4 million in prizes is tied to this game. Top prizes include two $1 million prizes, five $100,000 prizes, 30 $10,000 prizes, 700 $1,000 prizes and 350 $500 prizes. There are nearly 350 more prizes than was offered in the last Millionaire Raffle in April 2008, adding up to $175,000 in additional winnings.