Nov. 15, 2013 – The Pennsylvania Lottery began selling tickets for its popular end-of-year raffle, the Millionaire Raffle, this morning. The first of 500,000 tickets was sold at a floral shop in Palmerton, Pa. just after 5 a.m.
This will be the seventeenth time the Pennsylvania Lottery has held the Millionaire Raffle, and Lottery Executive Director Todd Rucci expects it to remain just as popular with players this year.
“Our players truly enjoy playing Millionaire Raffle,” Rucci said,”…our 16 previous Millionaire Raffles all sold out.”
Pennsylvania players have until Jan. 4, the day of the drawing, to continue the sell-out streak. The Lottery will not print any more tickets once all 500,000 have been sold, so players have just seven weeks to secure their chance at $1 million.
With four $1 million top prizes, the Millionaire Raffle offers the best odds of any current Pa. Lottery game at winning $1 million (1 in 125,000).
But those prizes aren’t the only ones waiting to be claimed after the drawing. More than $1 million in other cash prizes will be won by lucky Pennsylvanians Jan. 4.
Four players will win $100,000 second prizes, 100 players will win $1,000 third prizes, and nearly 6,000 more raffle players will score $100 fourth prizes.
In all, the Millionaire Raffle will make 6,000 winners, and will give away almost $5.1 million in cash prizes.
Each ticket costs $20 and offers odds of about 1 in 83 for winning any of the 6,000 prizes. If you’re not sure about plunking down $20, why not join a team?
The Pennsylvania Lottery is encouraging players to pool their money for the Millionaire Raffle, they’ve even got a downloadable Pool Play sheet to help keep track of who chipped in for tickets.
Visit the Pennsylvania Lottery’s website for more information about the Millionaire Raffle, to read the full rules, or to download the Lottery’s Pool Play form.