Jan. 28, 2014 – It’s been just more than two weeks since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets for its St. Patrick’s Day Raffle, and already nearly 100,000 of the 250,000 tickets are gone.
At this rate, all 250,000 tickets will be sold with weeks to spare ahead of the drawing. Players shouldn’t be too surprised though, all 11 Raffles the Lottery has held in years past have sold out, and quickly – on average it takes just 26 days for these tickets to disappear.
The Raffles are so popular because they offer players the best odds of any of the Lottery’s games at winning a million dollars.
Because of the limited number of tickets printed, there are just 1 in 250,000 odds of winning the single $1 million top prize.
The game also offers $20,000 second prizes and $100 third prizes. There are 10 of the $20,000 prizes, meaning the odds of winning a second prize are just one in 25,000.
The $100 prizes can be claimed at any of the Lottery’s retailers, and there are plenty to go around. The St. Patrick’s Day Raffle will award 1,000 of the third prizes, making the odds of winning one just 1-in-250.
The winning Raffle numbers will be drawn March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, and players can pick up their prizes as early as the following day, Tuesday, March 18.
To keep track of how many tickets are left for the St. Patrick’s Day Raffle, head to the webpage the Oregon Lottery has dedicated to it, here.