MIDDLETOWN, Pa., June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With less than a month remaining until the Pennsylvania Lottery's 16th Millionaire Raffle drawing takes place, ticket sales are picking up steam. As of today, 40 percent of the game's 500,000 available tickets have already sold.
The Millionaire Raffle, to be drawn on July 6, offers the Pennsylvania Lottery's best odds for winning a million-dollar prize. Each $20 ticket offers a 1-in-125,000 chance of winning $1 million, and there are four top prizes of that amount.
Overall, Millionaire Raffle offers 6,000 cash prizes totaling more than $5 million. The overall odds of winning any prize are 1-in-83.33.
"Our popular Millionaire Raffles typically sell out before the drawing date, and we don't want anyone to miss their shot at becoming a new millionaire," said Lottery Executive Director Todd Rucci. "Players who may be waiting to buy their ticket should remember that once all the tickets are gone, they're gone."
Tickets will be available until 5 p.m. on July 6, or until sold out. Only 500,000 tickets will be sold, after which the game will close. Players should sign the back of all tickets promptly and keep them in a secure place until the drawing.
Each raffle ticket features a unique, eight-digit number issued sequentially as tickets are sold across the state. The first ticket sold on April 26 featured number 00000001, and the final raffle ticket for the game will feature number 00500000.
To be considered a winning ticket, the number on a Millionaire Raffle ticket must exactly match a winning number selected in the raffle drawing, and all digits must appear in the same sequence as the winning number.
Winning Millionaire Raffle ticket numbers will be randomly selected at 6:59 p.m. on July 6. The Lottery's live drawing show will televise the selection of four $1 million, top-prize raffle ticket numbers and four $100,000, second-prize raffle ticket numbers.
The remaining 100 winning ticket numbers for prizes of $1,000 each and 5,892 winning ticket numbers for prizes of $100 each also will be selected, but will not be televised live due to time constraints. In total, 6,000 prizes worth $5,089,200 will be awarded.
About the Pennsylvania Lottery: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery that designates all its proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since its inception in 1971, the Pennsylvania Lottery has contributed more than $22.6 billion to programs that include property tax and rent rebates; free transit and reduced-fare shared rides; the low-cost prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET; long-term living services; and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including full- and part-time senior centers throughout the state.
The Pennsylvania Lottery reminds its players to play responsibly. Players must be 18 or older.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Lottery