Update: Lottery averaging 1,000 tickets sold per hour since Tuesday
By Todd Northrop
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas lottery players have been patiently waiting for the day to arrive: Wednesday is the last day to purchase tickets for Arkansas Million Dollar Raffle, and Thursday ticketholders will find out if they have won $1 million.
The Raffle will pay off big — in addition to the two winners of $1,000,000, there will be 540 $1,000 winners, and 600 $100 winners.
Until the end of the day Wednesday, there will continue to be four $20 instant prizes for every 100 Raffle tickets sold. The instant prize winners are also in the running for the big drawing.
Since Tuesday morning began, Arkansas Million Dollar Raffle tickets have sold at an average rate of more than 1,000 tickets per hour, bringing in more than $300,000 in gross revenue by 11 a.m. Wednesday. Total Raffle sales currently exceed $4.5 Million.
Tickets went on sale Wed., July 14, 2010, and the drawing date was anticipated to be held in September, 2010, although with the caveat of "or after all tickets have been sold, whichever occurs last". In February the drawing date was finally fixed at April 7, even though the tickets had not been sold out at that point.
More than 400,000 tickets had been sold as of last weekend, and heavy sales have been reported this week.
On Thursday, 1142 numbers will be randomly drawn. The drawing will take place at ASL Headquarters in Little Rock, supervised by security and external auditors.
The full list of winning numbers will be published on Lottery Post's Arkansas Lottery Results page soon after the drawing takes place — Thursday afternoon.
Prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the draw date, and winning ticket numbers must be identical to and in the same order as the numbers drawn.