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Updated Feb 22, 2014 - 8:46 am

$1 million Chandler Powerball winner steps forward

Alvin Yazzie poses with his $1 million Powerball winnings. (Arizona Lottery Photo)

PHOENIX -- A Chandler, Ariz. man who won $1 million in Wednesday's Powerball drawing has stepped forward, the Arizona Lottery said Friday.

Alvin Yazzie was the lucky person who picked up three Powerball tickets, one a second-place winner, at the Circle K at 7351 W. Chandler Blvd. before the drawing.

Yazzie, an electrician, said he regularly plays lottery games, but has never won anything like this.

"I've played scratchers and only won maybe like $30," he said. "I was kind of happy with that, but this is $1 million, so I'm pretty excited."

He said he didn't think he won anything after hearing the $425 million Powerball jackpot winning ticket was sold in California.

It wasn't until Yazzie checked his ticket online that he realized he had won $1 million.

Yazzie laughed when he said he checked the numbers over and over to make sure he actually won. He said he plans to pay some bills and take his wife to Hawaii to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.

He'll get about $700,000 after taxes.

Lottery officials said it's the 30th time that someone in Arizona has won a $1 million second-place Powerball prize.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.

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