MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Oct. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Singer Marvin Gaye famously asked, "Can I get a witness?" Today, anyone old enough to remember that hit song from 1963 is very likely the right age to volunteer as a witness on the Pennsylvania Lottery's evening drawing show.
"Serving as a drawing show witness is more than just a chance to be on TV; witnesses represent the public interest by helping to ensure the security and integrity of our drawings," said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. "We sincerely appreciate the participation of all of our witnesses since we started televising drawings 38 years ago."
Pennsylvania residents 55 or older are invited to volunteer. Witnesses perform different functions on two consecutive evenings, which includes appearing on-camera on one of the nights. The process lasts approximately 2.5 hours, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., each night.
Witnesses work with two Pennsylvania Lottery drawing officials, who will directly perform all drawing tasks, and two independent Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), who will monitor all tasks to ensure that all procedures are properly performed and security standards are met.
Over the two nights, witnesses directly participate in the selection of the drawing machines and ball sets used for drawings, observe all pre-drawing and post-drawing tests and appear on-camera during the live televised drawing show.
Drawings take place at the studios of WITF-TV in Harrisburg. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation and, if necessary, lodging. Scheduling is usually conducted a month or more in advance.
"Our witnesses tell us that they enjoy being part of the process and are greatly impressed with the degree of careful work that goes into making sure drawings are conducted fairly and with integrity," Svitko added.
Visit www.palottery.com and look under "About Us" and "Become a PA Lottery Drawing Show Witness" to find an email address and phone number to learn more about the opportunity.
The 6:59 p.m. drawing show is carried by the following television stations: WJET, Erie; WGAL, Lancaster; WTAJ, Altoona; WNEP, Scranton; WTXF, Philadelphia; and WPXI, Pittsburgh.
The evening drawing includes all PICK games and Cash 5, seven nights a week. It also features the Match 6 Lotto drawing on Mondays and Thursdays.
In addition to watching the drawing show to find out winning numbers, players may visit palottery.com, use the Lottery's official smartphone app or call the toll-free results hotline, 1-877-282-4639. Players should be sure to check every ticket, every time, using a scanner at a Lottery retailer.
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.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Lottery