Marana Walmart unveils look, makes donations

The Marana Walmart, 8280 N. Cortaro in the Arizona Pavilions complex, celebrated its grand re-opening this month by unveiling a more open shopping environment, wider aisles and other changes.

The new layout has low-profile shelving, a bright paint scheme, enhanced lighting and new signage.

"We listened to our customers and have redesigned the store to make shopping at Walmart even easier," said store manager Chris McDaniel. "The new layout is easier to navigate."

The store, with 203,000 square feet, originally opened in 2003.

The WalMart Foundation gave a total of $18,500 in grants to 14 organizations, including two charities and 12 Marana elementary schools. The largest gifts were $6,500 to the Children's Miracle Network, and $5,000 to the Marana Food Bank. Roadrunner, Ironwood, Desert Winds, Thornydale, Rattlesnake Ridge, Estes, Quail Run, DeGrazie, Twin Peaks, Coyote Trails, Butterfield and Picture Rocks elementary schools each received donations.

State lottery has a $1M winner

A Phoenix man is the third $1 million winner from the Arizona Lottery's $100 Million Cash Spectacular Scratchers ticket that began in January.

Zahid Coko purchased the winning ticket at the Quick Trip at 10233 N. 19th Ave., in Phoenix. He will receive 20 annual payments of $50,000, minus taxes.

"We're thrilled to have another $1 million winner come forward from our $100 Million Cash Spectacular Scratchers ticket," said Jeff Hatch-Miller, executive director for the Arizona Lottery. "We still have seven $1 million top prizes remaining for this ticket and look forward to ushering in those new millionaires when they walk through our doors to claim their prize, just as Mr. Coko did a few days ago."

Launched on Jan. 12, Cash Spectacular boasts more than $100 million in cash prizes — including 10 $1 million grand prizes. There are more than 391,000 prizes from $50 to $500, and more than 5,400 prizes from $1,000 to $50,000. In total, there are more than 4.8 million prizes ranging from $10 to $1 million.

The $10 scratch-off tickets are available at retailers where Lottery tickets are sold.

The Arizona Lottery operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products; it receives no General Fund dollars. Proceeds from sales of Lottery tickets —nearly $3 million per week — fund arts, wildlife, parks, transportation, education and historic preservation in cities and towns throughout all 15 counties in Arizona. Since July 1981, the Arizona Lottery has paid out more than $3.6 billion in prizes to players, more than $2.2 billion in net profit to the state, and almost $441.6 million in commissions to retailers.

Anthony's feted for wine list by major magazine

A regional restaurant has earned top ratings for its wine list.

Anthony's in the Catalinas, located at Campbell and Skyline, has been presented the Grand Award by The Wine Spectator Magazine.

It's the 17th consecutive year for such recognition.

Anthony's is "the only restaurant in Arizona with this prestigious award," according to a release. "There are only 72 restaurants throughout the world and only 46 in the United States with this top award."

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