January 08, 2009
DELAWARE RAFFLE WINNERS COME FORWARD
Top-prize winner claims $250,000 in New Years Eve Drawing
Dover, DE -- The Delaware Lottery announced it has awarded the
grand prize for its DELAWARE RAFFLE game, which concluded with a drawing
shortly after ticket sales ended on New Years Eve. A player from
Dover, who wished to remain anonymous, happily claimed the $250,000 check
(minus Federal withholding taxes).
This years quarter-million-dollar prize went to a grandfather of
three who plans to use some of the winnings towards his upcoming retirement.
I couldnt believe it was true that Id really
won until I actually got down to the Lottery office and confirmed
it, the man said. As a scratch-off and POWERBALL® player, the
biggest previous prize hed won was $1,500. This is quite a
different experience than winning on other games, he added.
For the first time in its three-year life, Delaware Lottery licensed
retailers were unable to sell all 100,000 tickets for the Delaware Raffle,
with slightly more than 10% of the tickets remaining unsold at game closing
time on December 31, 2008. Sluggish sales, due primarily the downturn
in the retail economy, actually improved the average odds of winning for
ticket holders when the Lottery drew the same number of prize winners
from the reduced number of tickets sold. We announced our commitment
to the planned New Years Eve drawing and were excited about our
players improved opportunity to cash in, said Delaware Lottery
Director, Wayne Lemons.
The top-prize winner was one of the people who heard about the likelihood
of improved odds for this years RAFFLE. As the day of the drawing
grew closer, he wanted to do whatever possible to increase his odds of
winning. I bought 10 raffle tickets at different times and at different
stores, said the lucky winner. The top prize ticket was sold at
Geo's Liquor Mart at 9989-5 S. Dupont Hwy. in Felton, DE.
The Lottery has also handed out four of the five guaranteed $25,000 first
prizes. Winners who have already stepped forward to claim their prize
include; a Dover woman who plans to pay off her mortgage, a Delaware native
who lives in Wilmington, a regular Lottery player who will put the winnings
towards bills, and a 40-year-old teacher who hopes the money will make
her next summer vacation a little nicer. One $25,000 first prize remained
unclaimed as of today.
The Lottery will also award 250 prizes of $500. Winning numbers for the
RAFFLE game can be found on the Delaware Lottery web site: http://www.delottery.com/raffle2008/index.asp
The Delaware Lottery reminds players that all prizes must be claimed
within one year from the drawing date.
Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed
more than $2.8 billion to the states 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.
Winner Privacy is our Policy.
The Delaware Lottery only publishes winner names with their consent.