By Todd Northrop
The Arkansas Lottery is rolling out its latest game Wednesday, Million Dollar Raffle, which will award two grand prizes of $1 million each.
The drawing date for Arkansas' first-ever raffle is anticipated to be September 9, 2010, or after all tickets have been sold, whichever occurs last.
A limit of 500,000 tickets will be made available for the raffle. Tickets cost $10 each. Raffle tickets cannot be canceled once they are purchased.
Arkansas Million Dollar Raffle tickets are sold starting with number 000001, and the last ticket sold will be numbered 500000. Players cannot choose their own numbers, as the ticket numbers are dispensed in the order they are sold statewide.
In addition to the two grand prizes of $1 million each, there will be 540 prizes of $1,000 each, and 600 prizes of $100 each.
The odds of winning $1 million are 1 in 250,000. Players have 1 in 926 odds of winning a $1,000 prize, and 1 in 833 odds of winning a $100 prize.
To win a drawing prize, the 6-digit raffle number on the ticket must be identical to one of the 6-digit raffle numbers drawn — the digits on the ticket must appear in the same order as the numbers drawn.
Players are advised to sign their tickets as soon as they are purchased, and they must keep their Arkansas Million Dollar Raffle ticket until the drawing.
The winning numbers for the drawing will be published on Lottery Post's Arkansas Lottery Results page (www.lotterypost.com/results/ar) soon after the drawing.
Prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the draw date.
Instant-win bonus prizes
The Arkansas Lottery is offering additional bonus prizes to players who purchase raffle tickets.
Every 25th Raffle ticket generated statewide will produce a $20 instant-win cash prize. The $20 prize can be claimed immediately at the retailer.
Players should treat an instant-win bonus prize ticket in the exact same manner as a ticket that does not win an instant prize: they should keep the raffle ticket that generated the instant win for the drawing.
A total of 20,000 instant-win $20 prizes will be awarded. The odds of winning an instant-win prize are 1 in 25.
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