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Thirteen lucky winners will be selected at random by the state this afternoon to become instant millionaires.
This isn’t your classic lottery, however. The person pulling ping-pong balls from a lottery machine works for an accounting firm hired by the state Department of Health Services, and the prize is the right to manufacture and sell marijuana in one of Arizona’s rural counties. The entrance fee is a bit more than the $2 for a Powerball ticket: It costs $25,000 just to apply, as well as proof of an additional $500,000 set aside in liquid capital and a confirmed, secure dispensary location.
The application fee will be well worth it for the 13 lucky, and financially flush, winners. The adult-use legalization measure that Arizona voters passed in November caps the number of recreational licenses the state can issue at roughly the current number of medical marijuana licenses.
DHS spokesperson Steve Elliott told Phoenix New Times last month that every medical dispensary in the