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New Fla. Lottery raffle to make a millionaire every week

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By Nick Sortal

A guaranteed millionaire every week, a decent holiday present and a chance to have a very happy New Year's Eve.

Florida Lottery officials are betting that a new seven-week raffle series will attract players excited by at least one of those three facets of their new game, called 25th Anniversary Millionaire. The first drawing is Monday.

As opposed to lottery-type games, such as Powerball and the Florida Lotto — which may or may not produce a winner after a drawing — a raffle consists of selling a specific number of tickets and guaranteeing a prize. Kind of like your charity fund-raiser that awards that flat-screen TV.

In this case, each Monday through Dec. 23, players' tickets sold for that week are entered into a drawing. A searchable list of the winning ticket number and the 300 consolation prizes of $1,000 will be posted at Lottery Post's Florida Lottery Results page after 3 p.m. So if you see the dude in cubicle next to you shouting around that time, be nice to him.

But lottery officials warn to hang on to those tickets. There's a grand prize drawing on Dec. 31 for $2 million, plus 10 $100,000 winners and 550 other consolation prizes. Every ticket sold from now through Dec. 30 will be eligible.

From 2006-10, the lottery offered Millionaire Raffle games during the holidays that had one drawing for $1 million, and a "Lucky 7" raffle this May awarded $700,000 each to seven players.

"Players have been asking for another raffle, so we decided to bring Millionaire Raffle back," said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell. "In this year's 25th Anniversary edition, we are giving players what they love about raffle games — limited tickets, limited time and great odds."

Because the game is new, ticket sales since the Nov. 6 debut seemed a little slow — and that's an advantage for the player — said Vince Maiorino, manager of News Plus in Tamarac. That's because instead of the projected average of about 142,000 tickets being in the hopper, there will be thousands fewer. And fewer tickets mean less competition for that $1 million this week.

"The odds are definitely going to be better if you buy earlier, and you may never see odds like this again," Maiorino said. "Heck, I bought two myself."

Todd Northrop, founder of national website LotteryPost.com, said Florida raffles have always been successful — always selling out all tickets before the drawing. O'Connell said if by some chance all of the 1 million raffle tickets are sold out before the drawings in, say, Week 5, then every ticket sold — even this week — is eligible for the weekly $1 million drawing in Week 6, as well as the $2 million grand prize.

Northrop, based in New Jersey, said the popularity of raffles seems to vary by state, and it does not seem to follow the size of the state or its lottery.

"For example, Massachusetts has one of the biggest and most profitable lotteries in the USA, yet they struggle to sell tickets when they conduct a raffle," he said. "Yet smaller lotteries like Wisconsin and Minnesota always sell all of their available raffle tickets each time."

Then there's the gift idea, which helps attract non-regular players, he said.

"Raffles are great around holidays because they make great gifts," he said. "So that means they are also perfect for people who don't play the lottery every day."

Whether we immediately learn the name of each week's millionaire, though, is unlikely. As is the case with most Florida lottery games, winners have 180 days to claim their ticket — upon which state law requires their name and hometown be released. Usually they take their time lining up financial advisers and lawyers — and delaying an onslaught of long-lost relatives.

Sun Sentinel

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Posted: November 19, 2012, 12:20 pm - IP Logged

Got my ticket in the pot for the first drawing, maybe should have been multiple since sales were slow!!

 

I'm ready for some $$$$$$$$$

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    Posted: November 19, 2012, 1:18 pm - IP Logged

    See Ya!Santa I faxed and e-mailed my letter this year. This was on the list!Noel

    "Everything works  ONCE!"

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      Posted: November 19, 2012, 2:34 pm - IP Logged

      Thumbs Up Good Luck everyone Turkey RudolphSmiley Santa

                       

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        Posted: November 19, 2012, 3:23 pm - IP Logged

        "A guaranteed millionaire every week" SWEET!!!! WTG Florida lottery....Thumbs Up

        I sure do wish Oklahoma would bring back the raffle..... Mad

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          Posted: November 19, 2012, 5:08 pm - IP Logged

          Got my ticket in the pot for the first drawing, maybe should have been multiple since sales were slow!!

           

          I'm ready for some $$$$$$$$$

          How much did you pay per raffle ticket? Mail For You

          Having millions of dollars in my financial accounts means more, consistent fun for me.Lovies

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            Posted: November 19, 2012, 6:21 pm - IP Logged

            The results are in...new millionaire in Tampa...WTG!!Hurray!

            "No man is an island" "Thanks Lottery Post predictors"Sun Smiley 

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              Posted: November 19, 2012, 6:44 pm - IP Logged

              How much did you pay per raffle ticket? Mail For You

              Oh, the website indicates cost is $20.  Sounds like a great raffle! Hurray!

              Having millions of dollars in my financial accounts means more, consistent fun for me.Lovies

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                Posted: November 19, 2012, 7:51 pm - IP Logged

                Could catch on to others states if it's a hit.

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                  Posted: November 19, 2012, 8:44 pm - IP Logged

                  We have a raffle in MA that guarantees one winner half of the sales, with minimum payout of $500,000. Other prizes include a draw every wednesday from Nov 7 to the D-day in which 5 people will win $1,000.  hahaha the guys who run MA lottery can't seem to get it. All their raffles have been failures because they try things without much research Blue Thinking NOT interested

                  PA & VA raffles are the best, 4 instant millionaires and many other small prizes on the D-Day. No gimmicks, no spices.

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                    Posted: November 19, 2012, 8:57 pm - IP Logged

                    No raffle again this year in AZ..... Instead we got the lame $1000 a week FOR A YEAR... WOW

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                      Posted: November 19, 2012, 11:31 pm - IP Logged

                      This is not bad, more states should do this. 

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                        Posted: November 20, 2012, 1:32 am - IP Logged

                        Only been to Fla twice and both times the lotto (scratchers and lucky lines) payed for the plane ticket.

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                          Posted: November 20, 2012, 5:59 am - IP Logged

                          I would suggest that Florida drop Powerball, and make this a weekly draw!!! What do the Florida residents think, good or bad???

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                            Posted: November 20, 2012, 7:27 am - IP Logged

                            Could catch on to others states if it's a hit.

                            That'd be nice!

                            New York has done raffles in the past but I havent seen any for quite a while now. 

                            I wish The State of New York was as innovative as Florida appears to be.  If they can sell 'em out in Florida, they can sell 'em out in New York.  Florida's population is 18 million (4th largest state)  New York's is 19 million, which is 3rd.

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