MIDDLETOWN, Pa., June 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tickets for the Pennsylvania Lottery's Millionaire Raffle drawing, which offers the Lottery's best odds for winning a million-dollar prize, are selling at a brisk pace.
A counter showing the number of tickets still remaining is now active on palottery.com and is also shown on retailer display screens.
"It's important to remember that all previous Millionaire Raffle games sold out before the drawings," said Lottery Executive Director Sil Lutkewitte. "Players who may be waiting to buy a ticket for the July 5 drawing should understand that when they're gone, they're gone."
Tickets will be sold until 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 5, or until sold out. The game will close after all 500,000 tickets are sold. Players should sign the back of all tickets promptly and keep them in a secure place until the drawing.
Each $20 ticket offers a 1-in-125,000 chance of winning one of the $1 million top prizes. The overall odds of winning any prize are 1-in-83.33. Millionaire Raffle's prize levels are:
- Four prizes of $1 million
- Four prizes of $100,000
- 100 prizes of $1,000
- 5,892 prizes of $100
Each raffle ticket features a unique, eight-digit number issued sequentially as tickets are sold across the state. The first ticket sold on April 25 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 5. 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.
Players may visit www.palottery.com to review a list of winning numbers following the drawing. Players should also check Millionaire Raffle tickets at Pennsylvania Lottery retailers.
For players who enjoy pooling ticket purchases, Millionaire Raffle Pool Play forms are available on www.palottery.com.
Now in its 18th offering since its launch in 2005, Millionaire Raffle has awarded a total of more than $91.5 million in prizes and created 72 millionaires.
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 nearly $23.7 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 players to check every ticket, every time. Players must be 18 or older. Please play responsibly. For help with a gambling problem, call 1-800-848-1880.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Lottery