The Illinois Lottery held its second-ever Millionaire Raffle drawing yesterday, which instantly created four millionaires.
The winning numbers can be viewed at http://www.lotterypost.com/specialresults/il-lottery-raffle-2008-03-17.asp
The raffle drawing was held on March 17th — St. Patrick's Day — a day traditionally thought of as "lucky". Four millionaires will certainly think so.
In addition to four $1 million top prizes, the St. Patrick's Day Millionaire Raffle also awards five prizes of $100,000 and 500 prizes of $1,000.
Millionaire Raffle is a raffle-style game offered by the Illinois Lottery, with a limited number of $20 tickets. For this drawing 500,000 tickets were made available for purchase.
With so few tickets available, Millionaire Raffle offers the best odds of any Illinois Lottery game to win $1 million.
Unlike other lotto-style games, the only way to win a prize is to match one of the six-digit numbers drawn exactly. (The numbers shown on the results page are represented as seven-digit numbers, probably because the Illinois Lottery is leaving open the possibility of larger quantities of tickets in future draws.)
Matching some of the correct digits or matching a number in a different order does not qualify for a prize.
All prize levels are paid out in cash, including the four jackpot prizes.
Winning tickets must be redeemed within one year of the drawing date.