December 22, 2008
DELAWARE LOTTERY CONFIRMS NEW YEAR'S EVE RAFFLE
Sales lag may improve prize odds for ticket holders if no game sell-out
Dover, DE -- As ticket sales for the DELAWARE RAFFLE game mirror
sluggish sales trends in the national lottery industry, general retailing,
and the overall economy, the Delaware Lottery has confirmed it will hold
the 2008 Delaware Raffle drawing on New Year's Eve as originally planned.
As advertised, all Delaware Raffle prizes-including the $250,000 cash
top prize-will be awarded to winning ticket holders even if some of the
100,000 originally offered tickets remain unsold. Ticket sales will end
at 3:00 p.m. on December 31, 2008.
"Players have asked Lottery officials and our retail partners whether
we're going to postpone the drawing until more tickets are sold, as other
states have done," said Delaware Lottery Director, Wayne Lemons.
"We remain committed to our originally planned New Year's Eve drawing
and are excited to award the quarter-million-dollar prize and 255 great
prizes to lucky ticket holders that night. It's a great way for us and
our players to usher in 2009 with style."
Ticket sales for the $10 Delaware Raffle game have steadily increased
in recent days, just as most retail segments typically enjoy a spike during
the final two weeks of December. However, this year could mark the first
year the Delaware Lottery game will not sell out in its three-year run.
"Many raffle games run by other U.S. Lotteries this year have experienced
the same sales conditions," said Lemons. "We're very pleased
with the response of our players over the years and we're pleased to be
able to deliver the excitement they expected when they decided to purchase
their Delaware Raffle tickets again this year."
Many retailers say customers have already purchased tickets as holiday
gifts and stocking stuffers for friends, family and co-workers, and may
return to pick up last-minute Raffle tickets as in years past.
The winning Raffle numbers will be drawn at Delaware Lottery headquarters
on Dec. 31. Players are encouraged to check their potentially winning
numbers at www.delottery.com,
call the Delaware Lottery hotline at 1-800-338-6200 or check their tickets
at any Delaware Lottery Retailer.
The Delaware Lottery reminds players to immediately sign their tickets
after purchase and store them in a safe place.
Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed
more than $2.8 billion to the state's General Fund to help finance needed
state services that benefit everyone in Delaware. The Lottery offers a
variety of games: POWERBALL®, HOT LOTTO®, MULTI-WIN LOTTO, PLAY
3, PLAY 4, and assorted Instant Games. Delaware Lottery game and promotional
details are available at delottery.com, at licensed retailers, and from
the Lottery's office in Dover.
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