Fountain Hills is Powerball's Valley of the lucky

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. -- Odds-makers say you have a better chance of getting struck by lightning than winning the lottery.  Lightning just struck twice in Fountain Hills. Two big winning tickets were sold there in a little more than a month.

The lottery hasn’t released the name of the newest millionaire winner of this weekend’s Powerball drawing, but it comes on the heels of that jumbo-sized jackpot of more than half a billion dollars drawn last November.

Arizona Lottery Executive Director Jeff Hatch-Miller said Fountain Hills is quickly becoming one of the luckiest towns in America.

“Fountain Hills is not that big a place and to have a $587 winner and a $1 million winner a month later is incredible,” he said.

In this weekend’s drawing, Powerball’s $1 million “second” prize-winning ticket was sold at a Circle K.  One of two winning tickets in the Nov. 28 Powerball drawing worth $587.5 million was sold at 4 Sons Food Store in Fountain Hills.

But The Valley isn’t the only lucky land in Arizona. Million-dollar winning jackpot numbers have been drawn 16 times in Arizona over the past year.  Average it out and that means someone in this state becomes an instant millionaire one out of every six times the multi-state Powerball numbers drop.

Powerball upped its per-ticket price from $1 to $2 at the start of 2012 in order to make bigger jackpots hit more quickly and more often.