Popular tickets will likely sell out in just 10 days
If you play by the odds, check these out: The Michigan Lottery is offering a 1 in 100,000 chance to become a millionaire.
That's better than your shot at winning Classic Lotto (1 in 10.7 million) and way better than your chance of taking home the Mega Millions jackpot (1 in 175 million).
Heck, it's better than the odds of being struck by lightning next year (1 in 400,000).
"These are the best odds we've ever offered on any lottery game to win $1 million," said Lottery Commissioner Gary Peters.
The Millionaire Raffle works like this: Only 500,000 tickets will be sold, costing $20 each. The drawing is Jan. 3, 2007, for five $1 million prizes, 10 prizes of $100,000 each and 750 prizes of $1,000 each.
Sales started Sunday and have been brisk. As of early Tuesday afternoon, 85,000 tickets had been sold. Peters said the raffle, the first ever for the lottery, is expected to sell out in about 10 days, well ahead of the three to four weeks lottery officials expected.
Tickets can be purchased at any Lotto outlet, but, instead of choosing your numbers, each ticket is sold in sequence. If you're the 120th ticket buyer, your number is 120.
At Happy 4 Party Store near downtown Detroit, owner Jack Saad said Tuesday sales were good, with about 70 tickets sold.
Detroit teacher Joann Olivache was buying tickets Tuesday night at Saad's store — but they were for the $75-million Mega Millions jackpot.
"Sure, I know about it," she said of the raffle. "I'll probably buy a ticket later. I'm a gambler."
Detroiter Cookie Jones figured she wouldn't be buying any raffle tickets, however.
"For $20?" she said. "For that, I can get 20 chances to win the Daily 3."