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Third Top Prize Added to Multi-State Raffle

Oct. 31, 2013 – With the sales cut-off for the multi-state raffle looming, the Oklahoma Lottery announced Thursday that a third $1 million prize will be awarded during the Nov. 1 drawing. Tickets for the raffle are available only in the seven participating states, New York, New Jersey, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Oklahoma.  Five of those states have dubbed the raffle a “Halloween Raffle.”  Ohio is calling it the Multi-State Millions Raffle, and Oklahoma has named their version of the game the National Millionaire Raffle. Oklahoma Lottery Director Rollo Redburn said in a press release that the Lottery was “excited to add another million dollar prize to the raffle.” “We encourage anyone that wants to participate in the raffle to get their tickets now,” Redburn said. Tickets for the raffle are $10 in all seven of the participating states, and can be found at any regular Lottery retailer.  Ticket sales for the multi-state game close at 11:59 p.m. Halloween night, and the final drawing will be held Nov. 1. Once the final drawing chooses winning numbers for the three $1 million prizes, each state without a $1 million winner will hold its own drawing for a $50,000 second...

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Oklahoma Lottery discontinues Pick 4

The Oklahoma Lottery has discontinued the draw game Pick 4. The last drawing for Pick 4 from the Oklahoma Lottery was held on Sept. 14.  Pick 4 was a $1 draw game. Players were asked to pick numbers 0 through 9 and fill them in the four spaces provided. A play slip could be used for up to five plays. The Oklahoma Lottery is no longer offering the draw game after a vote passed in June 2013. The game began in 2011 and has since then underperformed, leaving the Lottery liable for high payouts with low profits. The Oklahoma Lottery believes that ending Pick 4 will make room for more new games. The Oklahoma Lottery Commission strives to provide Oklahomans with fun ways to win. The Oklahoma Lottery profits benefit education, and a new game can help raise revenue to provide funds for education needs. In addition to ending Pick 4, Super Multi-Pick and Daily Multi-Pick purchase options will not longer be available through the Oklahoma Lottery. For more information on games from the Oklahoma Lottery, check out their website.       The Super Multi-Pick and the Daily Multi-Pick purchase options also will no longer be offered, officials...

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Oklahoma Lottery begins selling Halloween Millionaire Raffle tickets

Tickets went on sale in Oklahoma yesterday for the first ever Multi-State Millionaire Raffle this Halloween. The Oklahoma Lottery is one of seven states participating in the Multi-State Raffle, named the Halloween Millions Raffle by the Multi-State Lottery Association, MUSL. MUSL is proud to offer this $10 game, giving multiple states the chance to sell tickets for a $1 million raffle. Each state is beginning ticket sales on different dates with Michigan, Ohio and Oklahoma already selling tickets. Other states include Iowa, which will begin selling tickets on Sept 22. New York, New Jersey and Indiana have yet to set a start date for the raffle. The Oklahoma Lottery is calling the raffle the National Millionaire Raffle. Tickets in Oklahoma went on sale yesterday, with people ready to try for their chance at $1 million. The Oklahoma Lottery is giving their players more reasons to trick or treat this season, adding a 2014 Chevy Cruze to the prize. If you purchase your $10 Multi-State Raffle ticket in Oklahoma you receive an entry to win a 2014 Chevy Cruze from the Oklahoma Lottery. The National Millionaire Raffle offers more chances at $1 million, with $1 million winners in each participating state. If a state does not a have a $1 million winner, one lucky player will receive a $50,000 prize. Tickets cost $10, and each ticket is assigned a number based on the order in which it was purchased. The overall odds of winning $1 million in the raffle are 1 in 200,000. For more information on how to play the Halloween Millions Raffle in your state, check out the...

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Multi-state Halloween Millions Raffle is ready to spook your state

Get ready for spooks, scares, and dollars with the Halloween Millions Raffle coming soon from 7 state lotteries: New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Oklahoma and Iowa. Summer is ending and Autumn is almost here. With Autumn comes the holiday of frights: Halloween. Celebrated every year on October 31, Halloween is one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States, giving everyone a chance to dress up as someone or something else and attempt to scare the wits out of everyone. If you want to dress up as a millionaire this year, you might not have to pretend. According to La Fleur’s Magazine’s August 2013 issue, six states will be selling the multi-state raffle, mostly with a Halloween theme.  the Ohio Lottery will be selling raffle tickets under the name “Multi-State Millions Raffle”, and Oklahoma has named their part of the raffle the “National Millionaire Raffle.” This game will give players the chance to play for some of the best odds at winning $1 million. Entry to play only requires the purchase of a $10 game. The raffle will be available for players in New York, New Jersey Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Oklahoma, and Iowa who want to get an extra trick-or-treat from their state lottery. The New York Lottery has not held a raffle in the past few years. They believe this game will get New Yorkers more excited about their state lottery. The Halloween Millions multi-state raffle will be the first of its kind to take place in multiple states, giving the Multi-State Lottery Association a chance to bring their members together. The New York Lottery Commission, along with the Ohio Lottery Commission, believe this endeavor will provide minimal financial risk for the participating lotteries. The game will give lotteries the chance to sell draw game tickets at a premium price of $10. The Halloween Millions Raffle will be played on a pari-mutuel basis. This means the number of winners is determined by the number of entries in the participating states. Each...

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Oklahoma Lottery Apologizes for Adult Hotline Lottery Tickets

Aug. 15, 2013 – Oklahoma Lottery players trying to reach the Lottery by telephone recently may have gotten an adults-only surprise of a different nature. Instead of the Oklahoma Lottery, the toll-free telephone number printed on some lottery tickets connects callers with “America’s Hottest Talk Line,” according to Oklahoma News9. Oklahoma Lottery officials said they regret the mistake, and are working to remedy the situation as quickly as possible. Lottery director Rollo Redburn speculated that the issue resulted from “an old roll of paper stock that didn’t get picked up” after the Lottery stopped using the toll-free telephone number. According to the News9 report, the phone number was discontinued in 2010 to save the Lottery some money. The Lottery heard Monday that the phone number with the unsavory new owner was still being printed on some lottery tickets, and was also still listed on the Lottery’s website.  They said they are working hard to correct the...

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Oklahoma Finds $12 Million in Surplus Education Funds

July 30, 2013 – The Oklahoma Lottery announced Monday that it had exceeded its own profit expectations for the fiscal year that ended June 30, transferring $12 million more than expected to education programs in Oklahoma. According to a press release on the Lottery’s website, the state earmarked just under $57.5 million for education funding from Lottery proceeds this year, and the Lottery was able to return a total of $70.1 million. This year’s transfers to Oklahoma education programs mark the fourth consecutive year that proceeds have exceeded expectations.  Since 2005, more than $550 million has been transferred to state education programs. Executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery, Rollo Redburn, said the Lottery was “very pleased to share that our contributions… have continued to exceed our projections.” “We work very hard to provide the kind of games our players enjoy and they continue to help us raise money for Oklahoma education,” Redburn said. Though the full financial report for the fiscal year ended June 30 is not yet available, the revision of the law which created the Oklahoma Lottery states that their net proceeds – this year $70.1 million – must be at least 35 percent of their total revenue. The other 65 percent is used to pay operating costs, retailer commissions, and of course, prizes. The $70.1 million transfer to education would put the Oklahoma Lottery’s total sales for the year just over $200.3 million. The Lottery’s website shows that over the past four years, surplus profits total nearly $40 million.  Additional profits in 2012 also totaled more than $12 million. “This is just a reminder that education and Oklahoma children are the real winners,” Redburn said....

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