Time is Running Out for Virginia's New Year's Millionaire Raffle!

Dec 29, 2008, 14:21 ET from Virginia Lottery


RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The clock is ticking. The deadline is approaching to play the game that offers the Virginia Lottery's best chances of winning $1 million: Virginia's New Year's Millionaire Raffle. Players who want to get in on the fun need to hurry.

A total of 440,000 tickets are available for the drawing, which will be held December 31. Four lucky players will be able to start 2009 with a million dollars. Another four tickets will each win $50,000 and 400 tickets will each win $500. Tickets cost $20.

"There are still plenty of tickets left, but every day we are seeing increased raffle sales," said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula I. Otto. "Last year, when the same number of tickets were available, the game sold out. Players who waited until the last minute were out of luck."

The Virginia Lottery's Web site, www.valottery.com, features a constantly-updated count of the remaining number of tickets. If all tickets are not sold by the time of the drawing, the numbers that are not sold will not be part of the drawing, which means the chances will be even better for players. The winning ticket numbers will be announced on New Year's Day.

Nearly 95 cents of each dollar spent on the Virginia Lottery by players goes back to the Commonwealth in the form of contributions to education, prizes and retailer commissions. Since 1999, all Virginia Lottery profits have been designated solely to K-12 public school education in the Commonwealth. In that time, the Lottery has turned over nearly $3.9 billion for Virginia's public schools. The latest annual profits of $455 million currently represent about 6 percent of state funding for public education in Virginia. In 20 years, the Lottery has sold more than $20 billion in tickets, awarded more than $1 billion in retailer commissions and paid more than $10.9 billion in prizes to players.

For more information, visit www.valottery.com. Please play responsibly.

SOURCE Virginia Lottery