- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 24, 2006

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona political activist is placing his bets that a proposal to pay one lucky voter $1 million will drive people to the polls.

Dr. Mark Osterloh, a Tucson ophthalmologist who has run unsuccessfully for governor and the Legislature, filed paperwork Monday to put the idea before state voters on the ballot this year.

“Who do you know that doesn’t want to be a millionaire? What’s the worst thing that could happen? Everybody who’s eligible to vote could be voting,” he said.

Dr. Osterloh and other supporters said they gathered 185,903 signatures of registered voters, well more than the 122,612 required for a ballot initiative. Elections officials will check the signatures to determine whether enough are valid to qualify the measure for the ballot.

Under the plan, the $1 million awarded to one randomly selected voter after each election would come from unclaimed Arizona Lottery prize money. A voter could get one entry in the drawing for voting in the primary and another for voting in the general election.

Secretary of State Jan Brewer, a Republican who is the state’s top elections official, declined to comment.

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