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Louisiana Lottery players snatching up raffle tickets before bonus draw

Louisiana LotteryLouisiana Lottery: Louisiana Lottery players snatching up raffle tickets before bonus draw

More than 117,000 already sold

BATON ROUGE, La. — Besides offering the best odds of winning $1 million in the May 12 finale drawing, the Louisiana Lottery's newest $10 raffle game, Millionaire Bonus Raffle, is giving players five more chances to win $20,000 if they purchase their tickets before midnight March 23.

By Monday morning, more than 117,210 raffle tickets had been sold and will be entered into all five of the game's preliminary bonus drawings as well as the finale drawing. The first bonus drawing is Thursday, March 24.

"In celebration of our 20th anniversary, the Lottery is excited to pump up our raffle game with bonus drawings to reward our loyal players," explained Lottery President Rose Hudson. "With Millionaire Bonus Raffle, it's true that the early bird gets the worm — with five additional chances to win."

The previous two raffle games conducted by the Lottery sold out. The Lottery is expecting the same success with Millionaire Bonus Raffle because of the bonus drawings.

Like a traditional raffle game, only 300,000 tickets were available for sale starting Feb. 28. As of 10:00 a.m. Monday, 39% of those had been sold.

Preliminary bonus drawings for $20,000 each will be held on March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14, and April 21. Tickets purchased before midnight the day before these drawings will be eligible for that drawing and all subsequent Millionaire Bonus Raffle drawings, including the finale drawing on May 12.

All bonus draws, as well as the finale drawing, are highlighted on Lottery Post's Event Calendar, so players can check the calendar as a reminder.

In the finale drawing, one $1 million winning raffle number will be drawn from those sold, along with 20 numbers worth $20,000 each. In all, 26 players will win $1.5 million in cash prizes.

Unique raffle numbers are generated in sequential order from 000001 to 300000. Players can purchase more than one raffle ticket at $10 each, but each number will print on a separate ticket.

"For security purposes, we strongly suggest that players sign the back of their tickets immediately after purchasing and treat all tickets like cash, securing them until all drawings have been held," advised Hudson.

Raffle prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the drawing in which the prize is won. Bonus drawing winners can claim their prizes immediately after the drawing at any Lottery office, where they will be given an Exchange Ticket good for any remaining raffle drawings. All Millionaire Bonus Raffle prizes are subject to state and federal tax withholdings.

If all 300,000 tickets are sold for the finale drawing, the odds of winning the $1 million prize are 1 in 300,000, and the odds of winning any prize are 1 in 14,286. For bonus drawings, the odds of winning $20,000 are dependent upon the number of tickets sold by each drawing deadline, as only those raffle numbers sold by the deadline will be included in the drawing.

Millionaire Bonus Raffle tickets may be purchased legally only from an authorized Louisiana Lottery retailer and only by those age 21 and older.

Drawing results will  be available on Lottery Post's Lousiana Lottery Results page following each drawing.

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rdgrnr's avatar - walt
Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
United States
Member #73904
April 28, 2009
14903 Posts
Posted: March 23, 2011, 12:02 am - IP Logged

I just might ease on down there for some crawdads, gumbo and raffle tickets.

Then over to Whiskey River Landing and do a little stompin and sliding around on that plywood flo with the Balfa Toujours.

 E toi!







"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                            --Edmund Burke



    sully16's avatar - sharan
    United States
    Member #81740
    October 28, 2009
    40572 Posts
    Posted: March 23, 2011, 8:04 am - IP Logged

    Michigan also does the bonus raffle, lots of fun.

    Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

    For a lead role in a cage?


                                                From Pink Floyd's " Wish you were here"

      dallascowboyfan's avatar - tiana the-princess-and-the-frog.jpg
      United States
      Member #82391
      November 12, 2009
      6290 Posts
      Posted: March 23, 2011, 8:23 am - IP Logged

      I wish Oklahoma had this.......

        United States
        Member #102882
        December 27, 2010
        334 Posts
        Posted: March 23, 2011, 11:17 am - IP Logged

        What I find interesting is that Louisiana is not as heaviliy populated as Florida yet they have a 1 million raffle with $10.00. In Florida a $10.00 raffle ticket only gets you $700,000.00 before tax. Another example how FL lotto games are a rip-off for the player.

          butterflykt's avatar - Lottery-043.jpg

          United States
          Member #102743
          December 25, 2010
          108 Posts
          Posted: March 23, 2011, 11:19 am - IP Logged

          I wish Oklahoma had this.......

          I wish Washington had this.......

          All things are possible to those that believe!!!!!!Wink

            Baton Rouge, LA
            United States
            Member #4602
            May 7, 2004
            699 Posts
            Posted: March 23, 2011, 9:30 pm - IP Logged

            They've been doing the Millionaire Raffle for a few years now but this one is the best ever in terms of chances to win.  I've been buying a ticket every payday, and other times, and have managed to get 6 tickets so far, and will buy another this weekend.  The pool I run also has one and I'm going to ask if they want another.

            Can't wait to see how I do!

            Prisoner Six

            "I am not a number, I am a free man!"