Pennsylvania Millionaire Raffle Sold-Out - Wednesday 28th of June 2006

MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania – Tickets for the PennsylvaniaLottery's Fourth of July Millionaire Raffle game have sold out in fiveweeks.

Sales of Millionaire Raffle tickets began on May 23, and were tocontinue for six weeks until 5 p.m. on July 4, or until the tickets ranout. The last remaining Millionaire Raffle ticket was sold on Monday, June26 at 4:35 p.m.

"We're thrilled by the overwhelming response to the Lottery's secondMillionaire Raffle game," said Lottery Executive Director Ed Mahlman. "TheLottery will create five new millionaires on Independence Day."

Millionaire Raffle features 760 cash prizes totaling $6.25 million. Thegame will award five $1 million top prizes, five $100,000 second prizes and750 third-tier prizes of $1,000.

The Raffle drawing will be held during the Lottery's live, 7 p.m.drawing show on Independence Day, July 4. The top 10 ticket numbers will bebroadcast live as they are drawn; the 750 third-prize tickets will beposted at Lottery retailer locations and published on the Lottery Web siteat PALottery.com later that evening.

Mahlman reminded Millionaire Raffle players to sign the backs of theirtickets and keep them in a safe place until the July 4 drawing. The eight-digit raffle number printed on Millionaire Raffle tickets must match theeight-digit raffle ticket number combination selected in the drawing - inthe exact sequence in which it was selected - to be considered a winningticket. All winning tickets will be selected by a Random Number Generator -or Automated Drawing Machine - certified by Gaming LaboratoriesInternational, the world's premier gaming products and systems testingcompany.

Mahlman also noted that the success of the second Millionaire Rafflehas already created thousands of winners throughout Pennsylvania.

"Millionaire Raffle ticket sales generated more than $5.3 million forprograms that benefit older Pennsylvanians," said Mahlman.Lottery-supported programs include PACE and PACENET, which providesprescription drug assistance; Property Tax and Rent Rebate; free andreduced-fare mass transit rides; and a statewide network of more than 650full- and part-time senior centers.

The odds of winning a $1 million top prize are 1-in-125,000; odds ofwinning a $100,000 prize are 1-in-125,000 and odds of winning $1,000 are1-in- 833. The overall odds of winning a Millionaire Raffle prize are1-in-822.

The Lottery's first-ever Raffle game held on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31,2005, was also an early sell-out; the 500,000 tickets offered for thatdrawing sold in less than two weeks.

Other news from around the same time

Edinburgh Casino Gets Green Light - Wednesday 28th of June 2006

EDINBURGH, Scotland – As reported by the Scotsman News: "A £7 million casino on the site of a fo....


Sheffield Task Group Debate Casino Issues - Tuesday 27th of June 2006

SHEFFIELD, England – As reported by the Yorkshire Post Today: "An independent task group has been....


Leeds Drafts Gambling Rules - Tuesday 27th of June 2006

LEEDS, England – As reported by the Yorkshire Post Today: "With new laws that change how and wher....


Smoking Ban Burns Windsor Bingo Parlours - Tuesday 27th of June 2006

WINDSOR, Ontario As reported by the Canadian Press: "Nearly a month into Ontario's smoking ban, Wi....


Danish Student Wins WSOP Freeroll - Wednesday 2nd of August 2006

NEW YORK, New York – The second of three freerolls in a series leading up to the World Series o....


Seniors May Benefit from Pittsburgh Casino - Tuesday 27th of June 2006

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania – As reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "…With Allegheny Count....


Catholic School Parents Support Gambling Funds - Tuesday 27th of June 2006

EDMONTON, Alberta – As reported by the Edmonton Sun: "Edmonton's Catholic school parents aren't r....


Riverboats Casino Cruise on Shallow Water - Tuesday 27th of June 2006

IOWA – As reported by the Des Moines Register: "Iowa's new riverboat casinos have plenty of glitz....


Jamul Tribe Changes Casino Plans - Tuesday 27th of June 2006

JAMUL INDIAN RESERVATION, California – As reported by the San Diego Union Tribune: "The Jamul tri....


Malaysian Company Buys Vietnamese Casino - Tuesday 27th of June 2006

VIETNAM – As reported by Viet Nam Net: "Kamal Armel, executive director of Singapore-based Riard,....