Nov. 20, 2014 – The first-ever New Year’s Millionaire Raffle from the Illinois Lottery hits retail locations in the state early Friday morning. On the first day of 2015, the game will make millionaires of three lucky winners.
The New Year’s Millionaire Raffle this year replaced the Halloween Millionaire Raffle; according to the Lottery’s website, player feedback prompted the change.
Also changing with the drawing date is the Raffle’s prize structure, which includes more than 500 prizes more than last year’s Halloween Raffle, which awarded four top prizes and one Early Bird second prize.
While there will be no Early Bird drawings in the New Year’s Millionaire Raffle, players will have a chance to win prizes ranging from $1,000 to $1 million.
Along with the three $1 million winners, four players will win $100,000; 10 players will win $10,000; and 500 winners will each receive $1,000 prizes.
Just like other raffles around the country, Illinois’ New Year’s Millionaire offers players much better odds of winning a $1 million prize.
Just 400,000 tickets will be printed, so the odds of winning a $1 million top prize are 1 in 133,000, and that’s only if all of the Raffle tickets are sold. If fewer tickets sell, the odds of winning get better.
If all of the tickets do sell out, no more will be printed. While that sounds like a lot of tickets to sell before the Jan. 1 deadline, Raffle tickets generally go fast.
This year’s game will cost $20, and players can buy New Year’s Millionaire Raffle tickets at any Lottery retailer. Sales officially begin at 3:30 a.m. Nov 21, and sales will end at 2 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2015.