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2017 Arizona Liquor License Lottery

2017 liquor license lottery timeline

2017 Lottery Press Release

2017 Random Selection Drawing Instructions

Lottery entry period:
Opens: Monday, August 21, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.
Closes: Friday, September 8, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

A non-disclosed location is indicated on the Entry Form by leaving the "location address" section blank. A disclosed location is indicated on the Entry Form by completing the "location address" section.

No application, fingerprint card, manager's agreement, Title 4 training certificate, or questionnaire are required with the entry form, only the non-refundable $100 entry fee.

If you require assistance with the Lottery Entry process, please contact Nate Snyder, You'll receive a response to your question within two (2) business days.

Liquor License Lottery Statute and Rule:

A.R.S. §4-206.01 and A.A.C. R19-1-204

2017 Liquor License Lottery Timeline
Activity Deadline
Lottery Entry Period Monday, August 21 - Friday September 8, 2017 @ 3:00 p.m.
Date of Random Selection Drawing Tuesday, October 3 @ 10 a.m.
Entrants Selected To Apply for Licenses are Posted on Website Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Non-refundable 50% Deposit Due 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Final 50% balance FMV due -Disclosed Location
  1. on the first business day, which occurs 105 days after the 50% deposit payment was due
  2. within (5) business days after the Dept. of Liquor notified the applicant that the license ready for issuance
  3. in either case, without exception, failure to submit payment will result in an automatic forfeiture.
Disclosed location final fees and license issue date First business day which occurs 105 days after application is processed or when ready for issuance
Final 50% FMV balance due - Undisclosed Location Monday, July 16, 2018
Final date for entrants to establish a location and submit applications and fees (24 months after the random selection drawing) Monday, October 5, 2020

Notes regarding the local government where your business will be located:

  • local governments must post application for corresponding lottery license series for 20 days
  • local governments have 60-days to submit a recommendation to the Department of Liquor regarding lottery applicants
  • when the Department of Liquor receives a local government's recommendation, a 15-day waiting period must pass prior to the license being issued
2017 Liquor License Lottery Fair Market Values
County Series 6 Series 7 Series 9
Coconino 0 1 0
Fair Market Value N/A $22,650 N/A
Maricopa 14 12 6
Fair Market Value $81,950 $21,600 $245,100
Mohave 0 1 0
Fair Market Value N/A $24,750 N/A
Pima 1 2 1
Fair Market Value $33,950 $13,450 $126,900
Pinal 2 3 0
Fair Market Value $42,100 $11,250 N/A
Yavapai 0 1 0
Fair Market Value N/A $20,000 N/A
Yuma 2 2 1
Fair Market Value $58,350 $14,450 $77,500

Liquor License Lottery History & Overview

Of the 21 series of liquor licenses available in Arizona, only these three are issued in limited quantities by county; the bar license (series 6), the beer and wine bar license (series 7), and the liquor store license (series 9). These three licenses are called "quota" licenses.

When our state's population boomed in the 90s, the Arizona's liquor industry proposed legislation that would increase the number of the three most sought-after liquor licenses. In 2005 more licenses were made available by holding a lottery.

2017 marks the tenth liquor license lottery held in Arizona. Quota licenses are issued by county when the population increases by 10,000. Of the 15 Arizona counties, Maricopa, Pima and Yuma experienced a population growth of more than 10,000. Arizona statutes changed in 2017 to allow Series 7 licenses to be issued when the population of a County increases by 5,000. Of the 15 Arizona counties, Coconino, Mohave, Pinal, and Yavapai experienced a population growth of more than 5,000. The number of lottery licenses offered is determined by the population increase since 2010 minus the number of quota licenses issued in that county since 2010.

Before each lottery is conducted, two independent auditors determine the Fair Market Value of each license. Fair market values have ranged from a low of $5,233 for a beer and wine bar license in Gila County to a high of $245,100 for a liquor store license in Maricopa County.

Using one Entry Form, a lottery entrant may identify the street address where the liquor-licensed business will operate or, if the licensed business location is not yet established, the entrant may leave that information unanswered on the Entry Form.

Effective for the 2017 Liquor License Lottery and forward, per A.R.S. § 4-206.01(F), the number of times that a person may enter the random selection process shall not exceed the number of licenses of that series that are available for issuance. For the purposes of this section, a partnership, limited liability company, association, company, or corporation shall be considered the same person if owned, managed, operated, or controlled by the same controlling person, as defined in A.R.S. § 4-101. Any entries received in excess of the allowable number shall be disqualified, and the entry fee shall be surrendered.

When the number of entrants exceed the number of quota licenses offered, a Random Selection Drawing is held to determine which entrants will continue with the application process. If entrants selected in the random selection drawing elect not to continue with the application process, the license will be offered to the "alternate" identified in the drawing.

The cost to submit an Entry Form for the lottery is $100 and is non-refundable. When an entrant is selected to apply for a license, state costs include a fifty percent (50%) deposit, the remainder of the balance must be paid prior to issuance of the license. Also, prior to the license being issued, fingerprint fees, issuance fees, and any fees charged by the local government in the city or town where the business will operate must be paid. Non-payment state fees will result in automatic disqualification. When an entrant is disqualified, an alternate entrant, if selected, is notified.

When Liquor lottery Entrants are selected to apply for a liquor license, the applicant must meet state liquor license requirements and licensing requirements and requirements established by the city, town or county where they will operate their business.

A history of lottery results can be reviewed in the Department of Liquor Annual Report.