spacer January 26, 2005

DELAWARE LOTTO JACKPOT ESTIMATE INCREASED TO $7.7 MILLION FOR FINAL DRAWING TONIGHT

Dover, DE -- Delaware Lottery officials report record sales for tonight’s final LOTTO drawing. As a result, Lottery officials are expecting the final jackpot to reach an estimated $7.7 million for the drawing in Dover at 7:57 p.m. tonight.

The entire jackpot amount will be awarded this evening to LOTTO ticket holders. In the event there is no jackpot winner matching six out of the 38 possible numbers drawn tonight, the full amount of the jackpot will be distributed to winning ticket holders matching five of the six or four of the six numbers drawn.

"There is a great deal of excitement across the state today regarding tonight’s LOTTO jackpot and ticket sales are very brisk," says Wayne Lemons, director of the Delaware Lottery. "Tonight's LOTTO jackpot giveaway has caught the attention of long-time players and those trying the game because of the size of the prize," Lemons noted.

In the event there is no jackpot winner, players winning at the prize level for matching five of the six numbers drawn will equally share 75 percent of the advertised jackpot amount. Players winning at the prize level for matching four of six numbers selected will equally share the remaining 25 percent of the advertised jackpot amount. Prize levels for matching five of six and four of six numbers will not increase if there is a winner of the estimated $7.7 million jackpot tonight.

Lemons says given the size of the jackpot players should still play responsibly -- without spending more than they can afford.

Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed more than
$1.8 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®, LOTTO, PLAY 3, PLAY 4, and assorted Instant Games.

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