MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Nov. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ticket sales begin Nov. 14 for the latest edition of Millionaire Raffle, offering the Pennsylvania Lottery's best odds of winning a $1 million prize. This limited-time game features 6,000 cash prizes totaling more than $5 million.
Tickets are available until 5 p.m. on the drawing date, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, or until sold out. All previous Millionaire Raffle games have sold out.
"Whether buying a Millionaire Raffle ticket for your own enjoyment or to give as a gift to someone over 18, we ask all players to please play responsibly," said Lottery Executive Director Sil Lutkewitte. "Only 500,000 tickets will be sold, so don't miss your opportunity to play."
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
Players should immediately sign the back of their tickets and keep them in a safe place until the drawing.
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 on Jan. 3. The Lottery's live drawing show at 6:59 p.m. will televise the selection of four $1 million, top-prize ticket numbers and four $100,000, second-prize ticket numbers.
The remaining 100 winning numbers for prizes of $1,000 each and 5,892 winning 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 after the drawing. Players may also check Millionaire Raffle tickets at Pennsylvania Lottery retailers.
For the convenience of players who pool ticket purchases with others, Millionaire Raffle Pool Play forms are available on www.palottery.com.
This is the 19th edition of Millionaire Raffle. Since its launch in 2005, Millionaire Raffle has awarded a total of more than $96.5 million in prizes and created 76 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 more than $24.7 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