MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One month from today, the Pennsylvania Lottery's New Year's Millionaire Raffle drawing will mint four new millionaires and create thousands of other winners. Players are reminded not to wait to buy a ticket for this limited-edition game featuring 6,000 cash prizes totaling more than $5 million.
"Who wouldn't enjoy starting off 2016 as a new millionaire?" said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. "Should you need a gift for someone over 18 who may be challenging to buy for, a New Year's Millionaire Raffle ticket doesn't need to be boxed or wrapped."
Only 500,000 tickets are available and will be sold until 8 p.m. on the drawing date, January 2, or until sold out.
Winning numbers are randomly selected from among ticket numbers sold. If all available tickets are sold, 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. The game'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 was number 00000001 and the final one available is 00500000.
To be considered a winning ticket, the number on the ticket must exactly match a winning number selected in the drawing, with all digits in the same sequence.
Winning Millionaire Raffle numbers will be randomly selected after 8 p.m. on January 2 and announced after 10 p.m. at www.palottery.com. Players should also check their tickets using scanners found at Lottery retailers.
For the convenience of players who like to pool their ticket purchases with others, Millionaire Raffle Pool Play forms are available on www.palottery.com whenever the game is on sale.
First launched in 2005, Millionaire Raffle was originally offered twice a year but is now conducted four times annually. It was last drawn on Halloween.
"By offering Millionaire Raffle four times a year, this game is now making twice as many millionaires as it did before," Svitko added. "Regardless of how many tickets are sold, all prizes are available to be won."
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