MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Aug. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Millionaire Raffle, featuring the Pennsylvania Lottery's best chances of winning a $1 million prize, will now be offered four times a year. Ticket sales begin August 25 for the next drawing to be held October 31.
The limited-edition game still features 6,000 cash prizes totaling more than $5 million. Only 500,000 tickets will be sold.
"Our players are always excited to play Millionaire Raffle, so we decided to offer this popular game more frequently," said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. "Going from twice-annual to quarterly drawings means we'll be able to create an additional eight new millionaires and thousands of other winners each year."
Tickets for the fall edition of Millionaire Raffle will be sold until 8 p.m. on the drawing date, Saturday, October 31, 2015, or until sold out.
Each $20 ticket offers a 1 in 125,000 chance of winning one of the $1 million top prizes. The overall chances 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 ticket features a unique, eight-digit number issued sequentially as tickets are sold across the state. The first ticket sold is number 00000001, and the final ticket sold is number 00500000.
To be considered a winning ticket, the number on a Millionaire Raffle ticket must exactly match a winning number selected in the drawing, and all digits must appear in the same sequence as the winning number.
Winning Millionaire Raffle numbers will be randomly selected after 8 p.m. on October 31 and announced after 10 p.m. at www.palottery.com. Drawings are conducted from among all ticket numbers sold.
Players should also check Millionaire Raffle tickets using scanners found at Lottery retailers.
For the convenience of players who pool ticket purchases with others, Millionaire Raffle Pool Play forms are available on www.palottery.com whenever the game is on sale.
Millionaire Raffle has been offered twice a year since its launch in 2005. The most recent drawing was on July 11, 2015. Starting with the edition that goes on sale August 25, Millionaire Raffle will be offered four times annually. Drawings will be held in October, January, March and July.
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 $25.8 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.
MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Miller, 717-702-8008
SOURCE Pennsylvania Lottery