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I just noticed a small change to the new PA Raffle game that just started Aug 25th and ends on Oct 31st.

The cut off time to buy tickets used to be 5 pm on the day of the drawing ... just noticed it is now 8 pm. The top eight prizes were drawn on live TV at 7 pm ... so that has changed, tickets will still be on sale till 8 pm.

I've never check my numbers anyway till the next day but that's an interesting change ... good for some last minute ticket sales I guess.

From the article below:


"Tickets for the fall edition of Millionaire Raffle will be sold until 8 p.m. on the drawing date, Saturday, October 31, 2015, or until sold out."


Millionaire Raffle Goes Quarterly, Next Drawing October 31

MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Aug. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Millionaire Raffle, featuring the Pennsylvania Lottery's best chances of winning a $1 million prize, will now be offered four times a year. Ticket sales begin August 25 for the next drawing to be held October 31.

The limited-edition game still features 6,000 cash prizes totaling more than $5 million. Only 500,000 tickets will be sold.

"Our players are always excited to play Millionaire Raffle, so we decided to offer this popular game more frequently," said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. "Going from twice-annual to quarterly drawings means we'll be able to create an additional eight new millionaires and thousands of other winners each year."

Tickets for the fall edition of Millionaire Raffle will be sold until 8 p.m. on the drawing date, Saturday, October 31, 2015, or until sold out.

Each $20 ticket offers a 1 in 125,000 chance of winning one of the $1 million top prizes. The overall chances of winning any prize are 1 in 83.33. Millionaire Raffle's prize levels are:

       Four prizes of $1 million
       Four prizes of $100,000
       100 prizes of $1,000
       5,892 prizes of $100

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    Good luck

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    For a lead role in a cage?

     

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      i am from philly and i go back home from time to time and never played this raffle but this time around i am going to give it a shot. From your experience CW where are the big prize winners mostly coming from 

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        i am from philly and i go back home from time to time and never played this raffle but this time around i am going to give it a shot. From your experience CW where are the big prize winners mostly coming from 

        Taurus$ ... to be honest, I really don't know where all the large winners trend from. I have rarely seen anything in the paper or online about winners and I don't hunt around at the PA Lottery site for that information.

        Since it's a raffle I would think anybody anywhere with a ticket should have an equal shot. The only trend that some players have noticed, including myself, is that many of the large winning tickets at times were higher numbers near the end of the game ... but that's not 100%.

        It just seems that there are more large ticket winners after the first 250,000 tickets were sold ... have no idea why or if that trend will continue with future drawings.

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          Taurus$ ... to be honest, I really don't know where all the large winners trend from. I have rarely seen anything in the paper or online about winners and I don't hunt around at the PA Lottery site for that information.

          Since it's a raffle I would think anybody anywhere with a ticket should have an equal shot. The only trend that some players have noticed, including myself, is that many of the large winning tickets at times were higher numbers near the end of the game ... but that's not 100%.

          It just seems that there are more large ticket winners after the first 250,000 tickets were sold ... have no idea why or if that trend will continue with future drawings.

          CW

          Appreciate your honesty CW. Reason i asked is because i played the VA year end raffle last year and they do post the winners and their location. Seems like the big winners came from way south in the state and Va Beach. And the rural areas.  Northern Va didn't have that many winners.

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            Appreciate your honesty CW. Reason i asked is because i played the VA year end raffle last year and they do post the winners and their location. Seems like the big winners came from way south in the state and Va Beach. And the rural areas.  Northern Va didn't have that many winners.

            Hard to understand why that would be ... a raffle game is different from a regular game where several people can play the same numbers. A raffle with each number only printing once unless there is some "funny stuff" going with the computer program picking the winning numbers and with information where the purchase location was.

            That would ruin the raffle over time and people would lose interest ... thinking something funny is going on.

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              Appreciate your honesty CW. Reason i asked is because i played the VA year end raffle last year and they do post the winners and their location. Seems like the big winners came from way south in the state and Va Beach. And the rural areas.  Northern Va didn't have that many winners.

              Taurus$ ... Ron5995 provided this information in July about all the past PA Raffles showing the numbers for the top eight prizes. I may change what I said earlier ... I mentioned a lot of winning tickets after 250,000 but perhaps the 200,000 mark would be better. Of course there are winning tickets below 200,000 ... it seems to be more winners after 200,000 or 250,000.

              Information provided by Ron5995 ...

              PENNSYLVANIA LOTTERY MILLIONAIRE RAFFLE, JULY 7, 2007 DRAWING (Raffle 4)

              Early PA raffles offered 625,000 tickets.

              TOP PRIZE - $1,000,000 - 1st through 5th drawn numbers

              00142885
              00178321
              00358230
              00540998
              00619716

              SECOND PRIZE - $100,000 - 6th through 10th drawn numbers

              00428223
              00481526
              00496680
              00504718
              00511296

              ---------------------------------------------------------------

              PENNSYLVANIA LOTTERY MILLIONAIRE RAFFLE, December 29, 2007 DRAWING  (Raffle 5)

              ** The was the last raffle with 625,000 tickets. From what I recall, some tickets were sold for $18; $2 discount. **

              TOP PRIZE - $1,000,000 - 1st through 5th drawn numbers

              00058955
              00161106
              00478695
              00566266
              00596835

              SECOND PRIZE - $100,000 - 6th through 10th drawn numbers

              00007480
              00199105
              00305177
              00312084
              00376309

              ---------------------------------------------------------------

              07/05/2008 Millionaire Raffle VI - Drawing July 5, 2008

              $1,000,000 Winners

              00110230
              00234572
              00338908
              00351737

              $100,000 Winners

              00057161
              00234155
              00260077
              00479671

              ---------------------------------------------------------------

              01/03/2009 Millionaire Raffle VII - Drawing January 3, 2009

              $1,000,000 Winners
              00019427
              00052620
              00211264
              00481893

              $100,000 Winners

              00010166
              00041162
              00057855
              00246558

              ---------------------------------------------------------------

              07/04/2009 Millionaire Raffle VIII - Drawing July 4, 2009

              $1,000,000 Winners

              00101931
              00201179
              00364562
              00381511

              $100,000 Winners

              00038421
              00118345
              00309508
              00351240

              ---------------------------------------------------------------

              01/02/2010 Millionaire Raffle IX - Drawing January 2, 2010

              $1,000,000 Winners

              00177933
              00197968
              00246198
              00481361

              $100,000 Winners

              00047114
              00223419
              00327483
              00411539

              ---------------------------------------------------------------

              07/11/2010 Millionaire Raffle X - Drawing July 10, 2010

              $1,000,000 Winners

              00081227
              00107238
              00221060
              00278251

              $100,000 Winners
              00185898
              00203999
              00320394
              00499277

              ---------------------------------------------------------------

              01/01/2011 Millionaire Raffle XI - Drawing January 1, 2011

              $1,000,000 Winners

              00000596
              00007008
              00124963
              00411318

              $100,000 Winners

              00083595
              00165503
              00207633
              00292319

              ---------------------------------------------------------------

              07/09/2011 Millionaire Raffle XII - Drawing July 9, 2011

              $1,000,000 Winners

              00080193
              00234540
              00281933
              00486364

              $100,000 Winners
              00006344
              00083473
              00106936
              00149546

              ---------------------------------------------------------------

              12/31/2011 Millionaire Raffle XIII - Drawing December 31, 2011

              $1,000,000 Winners

              00089418
              00319954
              00403200
              00497859

              $100,000 Winners

              00030168
              00112714
              00138754
              00203454

              ---------------------------------------------------------------

              07/07/2012 Millionaire Raffle 14 - Drawing July 7, 2012

              $1,000,000 Winners

              00224510
              00272847
              00347142
              00376010

              $100,000 Winners
              00107840
              00295315
              00404629
              00450157

              ---------------------------------------------------------------

              Millionaire Raffle 16 - Drawing July 6, 2013

              $1,000,000 Winners

              00125256
              00285673
              00453260
              00477674

              -----------------------------------------------------------

              Millionaire Raffle 17 - Drawing January 4, 2014

              $1,000,000 Winners

              00077226
              00332500
              00339016
              00355789

              -----------------------------------------------------------

              Millionaire Raffle 18 - Drawing July 5, 2014

              $1,000,000 Winners

              00118772
              00219413
              00279919
              00388503

              -----------------------------------------------------------

              Millionaire Raffle 19 - Drawing January 3, 2015

              $1,000,000 Winners

              00156850
              00303816
              00387386
              00438607

              ----------------------------------------------------------

              Millionaire Raffle 20 - Drawing July 11, 2015

              $1,000,000 Winners

              00121909
              00360306
              00380269
              00397041

              ...

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                Taurus$ ... Ron5995 provided this information in July about all the past PA Raffles showing the numbers for the top eight prizes. I may change what I said earlier ... I mentioned a lot of winning tickets after 250,000 but perhaps the 200,000 mark would be better. Of course there are winning tickets below 200,000 ... it seems to be more winners after 200,000 or 250,000.

                Information provided by Ron5995 ...

                PENNSYLVANIA LOTTERY MILLIONAIRE RAFFLE, JULY 7, 2007 DRAWING (Raffle 4)

                Early PA raffles offered 625,000 tickets.

                TOP PRIZE - $1,000,000 - 1st through 5th drawn numbers

                00142885
                00178321
                00358230
                00540998
                00619716

                SECOND PRIZE - $100,000 - 6th through 10th drawn numbers

                00428223
                00481526
                00496680
                00504718
                00511296

                ---------------------------------------------------------------

                PENNSYLVANIA LOTTERY MILLIONAIRE RAFFLE, December 29, 2007 DRAWING  (Raffle 5)

                ** The was the last raffle with 625,000 tickets. From what I recall, some tickets were sold for $18; $2 discount. **

                TOP PRIZE - $1,000,000 - 1st through 5th drawn numbers

                00058955
                00161106
                00478695
                00566266
                00596835

                SECOND PRIZE - $100,000 - 6th through 10th drawn numbers

                00007480
                00199105
                00305177
                00312084
                00376309

                ---------------------------------------------------------------

                07/05/2008 Millionaire Raffle VI - Drawing July 5, 2008

                $1,000,000 Winners

                00110230
                00234572
                00338908
                00351737

                $100,000 Winners

                00057161
                00234155
                00260077
                00479671

                ---------------------------------------------------------------

                01/03/2009 Millionaire Raffle VII - Drawing January 3, 2009

                $1,000,000 Winners
                00019427
                00052620
                00211264
                00481893

                $100,000 Winners

                00010166
                00041162
                00057855
                00246558

                ---------------------------------------------------------------

                07/04/2009 Millionaire Raffle VIII - Drawing July 4, 2009

                $1,000,000 Winners

                00101931
                00201179
                00364562
                00381511

                $100,000 Winners

                00038421
                00118345
                00309508
                00351240

                ---------------------------------------------------------------

                01/02/2010 Millionaire Raffle IX - Drawing January 2, 2010

                $1,000,000 Winners

                00177933
                00197968
                00246198
                00481361

                $100,000 Winners

                00047114
                00223419
                00327483
                00411539

                ---------------------------------------------------------------

                07/11/2010 Millionaire Raffle X - Drawing July 10, 2010

                $1,000,000 Winners

                00081227
                00107238
                00221060
                00278251

                $100,000 Winners
                00185898
                00203999
                00320394
                00499277

                ---------------------------------------------------------------

                01/01/2011 Millionaire Raffle XI - Drawing January 1, 2011

                $1,000,000 Winners

                00000596
                00007008
                00124963
                00411318

                $100,000 Winners

                00083595
                00165503
                00207633
                00292319

                ---------------------------------------------------------------

                07/09/2011 Millionaire Raffle XII - Drawing July 9, 2011

                $1,000,000 Winners

                00080193
                00234540
                00281933
                00486364

                $100,000 Winners
                00006344
                00083473
                00106936
                00149546

                ---------------------------------------------------------------

                12/31/2011 Millionaire Raffle XIII - Drawing December 31, 2011

                $1,000,000 Winners

                00089418
                00319954
                00403200
                00497859

                $100,000 Winners

                00030168
                00112714
                00138754
                00203454

                ---------------------------------------------------------------

                07/07/2012 Millionaire Raffle 14 - Drawing July 7, 2012

                $1,000,000 Winners

                00224510
                00272847
                00347142
                00376010

                $100,000 Winners
                00107840
                00295315
                00404629
                00450157

                ---------------------------------------------------------------

                Millionaire Raffle 16 - Drawing July 6, 2013

                $1,000,000 Winners

                00125256
                00285673
                00453260
                00477674

                -----------------------------------------------------------

                Millionaire Raffle 17 - Drawing January 4, 2014

                $1,000,000 Winners

                00077226
                00332500
                00339016
                00355789

                -----------------------------------------------------------

                Millionaire Raffle 18 - Drawing July 5, 2014

                $1,000,000 Winners

                00118772
                00219413
                00279919
                00388503

                -----------------------------------------------------------

                Millionaire Raffle 19 - Drawing January 3, 2015

                $1,000,000 Winners

                00156850
                00303816
                00387386
                00438607

                ----------------------------------------------------------

                Millionaire Raffle 20 - Drawing July 11, 2015

                $1,000,000 Winners

                00121909
                00360306
                00380269
                00397041

                ...

                But we only see the numbers. All the other info would tell us more but they are keeping that hushed up. Go to Va lottery and you will see the raffle winners.

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                  Saw that too, and my first thought was there won't be a live televised drawing?  Not a biggie, since PA Lottery use a RND (so there's nothing to see anyways), and many players check their tickets the following day. In the past, part of the marketing hype was the live drawing. So far, not seeing much marketing beyond the usual of how great the odds are of winning $1 million and tickets are selling fast (really, they are? -they didn't sell out last time).

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                    PA Lottery lists the top winners at http://www.palottery.state.pa.us/Winners/Winners-By-Game/Millionaire-Raffle-Winners.aspx

                    Not the easiest page to find, but the info is there. Note the winner names for more recent raffles are truncated (only first name, last name initial, and county / state shown) due to recent change in state law allowing winners more privacy.

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                      In previous posts in this thread, it was shown that a significant portion of tickets are sold just prior to the drawings, and it was also mentioned that it appeared as if tickets with higher numbers had won a majority of the top prizes in multiple drawings.  So I'm wondering if a correlation between the two can be made.   

                      I've been thinking about it, and I've asked myself if it is even possible for a logical explanation for it to exist. I'm also curious as to others thoughts on the matter.  To be sure, the drawings are completely random, and previous drawings have zero effect on the current drawing.  Yet the phenomenon described above has happened with some degree of regularity. 

                      Recently, a LP member sent me a PM where they said they had bought a ticket for the upcoming 10/31/15 drawing, and based upon their ticket number they saw that 36,000 tickets had been sold.  That's 7.2% of the total pool of 500,000 tickets that could be sold, which also means 92.8% of the tickets were, at that point in time, unsold.  I would add that that 7.2% is a combined total since August 25th up until the day the ticket was purchased.  As each day passes the percentage of sold tickets grows bigger.  To my knowledge, The PA Lottery doesn't reveal how many tickets have been sold until very late in the selling cycle, so unless they've bought a ticket, players don't have any visibility as to how many tickets have been sold during the early days of the sales cycle.  It'd be nice to know that information, but I doubt the PA Lottery would make it public every day or possibly on a weekly basis.

                      If I made a pie graph of the selling cycle, I think it would probably have many "sliver slices" representing each day (or week) until it came to the last few days/weeks of the sales cycle just prior to the drawing. The slices for those days would most likely not be slivers at all, but might actually be rather fat!  I think a line graph depicting each day or week from August 25th until October 30th might have a long steady low angled inclined line running across the bottom of the graph, and then it would abruptly shoot up to 500,000 on or about October 23rd!  My point in all of this rambling is this; it seems to me that the probability of a top prize winner coming from a "fat" slice of the pie graph is better than the probability of one coming from a sliver slice.  Or that it's a higher probability that a top prize winner would come from the area of that abrupt spike at the right side of the line graph because there are more ticket numbers included in the spike. 

                      I'm sorry that I didn't include a pie and line graph in this post.  I'm sure that would've enabled everyone reading it to easily see what I'm so awkwardly trying to describe. 

                      So!  Can I reasonably expect to make that correlation that a majority of top prize winners came from higher numbered tickets because more tickets were sold late in the sales cycle based upon my invisible line and pie graphs? Wink

                      PS - Please don't ask me why so many players wait until the last minute to buy their tickets!  That's a whole other topic for a different thread!! G5

                      About playing the lottery --  You will lose more than you win. Until you hit a jackpot.  Then everything changes!

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                        Actually, I think I do know why players wait until the last minute to buy their raffle tickets.

                        I'm a "day of the drawing buyer" for the weekly online drawing games that I play, and I'm willing to bet the vast majority of players everywhere are the same way.

                        If you were to analyze the number of tickets sold for any given Tuesday MegaMillions drawing, my guess is that'd you'd see that the most tickets sold for that drawing were sold on the day of the drawing. (Tuesday!)  Yes, some tickets will be sold the Saturday, Sunday and Monday prior to Tuesday's drawing, but is the combined total of tickets sold on those three days equal to the total number of tickets sold on Tuesday?  Probably not. 

                        It seems to me that for the PA Millionaire raffle, (or other states raffles such as Connecticut's) players wait until the day of the drawing to buy their tickets simply because that's what they normally do for the other online drawing games they play. 

                        Most people probably don't care what number they get, (high or low) they're simply giving themselves a chance to win a million dollars.  They see a sign that says "the raffle drawing is tonite", so they plunk down a twenty dollar bill.  Or maybe it's kind of like this:  "Oh! It's Saturday!  I better get a PowerBall ticket!" 

                        I really don't think there's much more to it than that.  G5

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                          In previous posts in this thread, it was shown that a significant portion of tickets are sold just prior to the drawings, and it was also mentioned that it appeared as if tickets with higher numbers had won a majority of the top prizes in multiple drawings.  So I'm wondering if a correlation between the two can be made.   

                          I've been thinking about it, and I've asked myself if it is even possible for a logical explanation for it to exist. I'm also curious as to others thoughts on the matter.  To be sure, the drawings are completely random, and previous drawings have zero effect on the current drawing.  Yet the phenomenon described above has happened with some degree of regularity. 

                          Recently, a LP member sent me a PM where they said they had bought a ticket for the upcoming 10/31/15 drawing, and based upon their ticket number they saw that 36,000 tickets had been sold.  That's 7.2% of the total pool of 500,000 tickets that could be sold, which also means 92.8% of the tickets were, at that point in time, unsold.  I would add that that 7.2% is a combined total since August 25th up until the day the ticket was purchased.  As each day passes the percentage of sold tickets grows bigger.  To my knowledge, The PA Lottery doesn't reveal how many tickets have been sold until very late in the selling cycle, so unless they've bought a ticket, players don't have any visibility as to how many tickets have been sold during the early days of the sales cycle.  It'd be nice to know that information, but I doubt the PA Lottery would make it public every day or possibly on a weekly basis.

                          If I made a pie graph of the selling cycle, I think it would probably have many "sliver slices" representing each day (or week) until it came to the last few days/weeks of the sales cycle just prior to the drawing. The slices for those days would most likely not be slivers at all, but might actually be rather fat!  I think a line graph depicting each day or week from August 25th until October 30th might have a long steady low angled inclined line running across the bottom of the graph, and then it would abruptly shoot up to 500,000 on or about October 23rd!  My point in all of this rambling is this; it seems to me that the probability of a top prize winner coming from a "fat" slice of the pie graph is better than the probability of one coming from a sliver slice.  Or that it's a higher probability that a top prize winner would come from the area of that abrupt spike at the right side of the line graph because there are more ticket numbers included in the spike. 

                          I'm sorry that I didn't include a pie and line graph in this post.  I'm sure that would've enabled everyone reading it to easily see what I'm so awkwardly trying to describe. 

                          So!  Can I reasonably expect to make that correlation that a majority of top prize winners came from higher numbered tickets because more tickets were sold late in the sales cycle based upon my invisible line and pie graphs? Wink

                          PS - Please don't ask me why so many players wait until the last minute to buy their tickets!  That's a whole other topic for a different thread!! G5

                          G5 ... I hear or read what you are saying about more tickets being sold in larger numbers as the raffle game comes to the end.

                          Not to argue ... but if the RNG is truly just that ... a machine with a certain amount of raffle numbers inside it or on a "computer chip", starting with the very first number (00000001) to the very last number ... whatever that might be at the raffle ending ... if it's not a ticket sell out.

                          The RNG should have nothing else on that computer chip ... just a bunch of raffle numbers for the drawing.

                          The RNG should have no idea when the various tickets were bought or where they were bought ... it probably has no idea when the raffle started (Aug 25th) and when it ended. It's only job is to produce 6,000 winning tickets the actual day of the drawing ... Oct 31st.

                          Now, if there is more information being fed into the RNG ... then different things could be happening with the winning numbers being selected. That would be something else that only the PA Lottery would know about.

                          I just don't see it ... let's say only 10 raffles tickets were sold until Oct 30th and all of sudden on Oct 30 and 31st there were over 400,000 raffle tickets sold in less than two days ... the RNG can't know that and would just select 6,000 winning tickets when it is turned on the afternoon or evening of Oct 31st. That should be the only programming for the RNG Raffle machine ... select 6,000 ticket numbers.

                          Open for discussion ... maybe I didn't completely understand what you were saying.

                          CW

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                            The 20 minutes had passed but to add ... GiveFive could be thinking correctly if there is something else going on inside the RNG Raffle machine ... could the machine be open to any sort of "hacking" with someone secretly tampering with the number selection ... having some of their numbers being drawn ... unknown to the PA Lottery?

                            There seems to be a pattern of higher winning numbers ... is the software faulty?

                            Is it just another "Mystery of the Ocean" ?

                            ...

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                              Posted: September 13, 2015, 2:05 pm - IP Logged

                              It's possible the numbers skewing high in some raffles is due to a glitch of some sort, or maybe it's simply random variation.  There's no simple way to really know, and that's the crux of the issue. Other states using RNDs have experienced glitches due to software bugs / misconfiguration.

                              The RND and related hardware are closed sourced, and not publicly scrutinized nor even visible. Who knows what the RND is really doing; can't see in there unlike balls that are visible and can be closely examined before, during, and after drawing.

                              Hacking is another possibility. While that would seem near impossible, there are potential security holes in places most would never expect, such as, the CPU of the computer. Many modern CPUs (not talking the BIOS, but the actual CPU) can be patched via software (may occur automatically with the user not realizing it). Since the CPU is above all else (ie. hypervisor won't help), an exploit in there could easily escape detection by even the most advanced scanning tools.

                              In short, computers have become so complicated, interconnected, and fluid (firmware updates for near everything) that it's near impossible to scrutinize every component (so even if the software itself is secure, the hardware may not be) - RNDs can't be trusted; potentially hackable.

                              I'm amazed how little marketing PA Lottery seems to be doing with the raffle. The days are ticking away, and according to a post above, only about 36,000 tickets have been sold. Sure, the sales pace will pick up sharply near the end, but, even considering that, it's shaping up to be another non-sell out. PA Lottery should run some promotions, such as buy a raffle ticket and get a Powerball / Mega Millions ticket free, or a $5 block of Cash 5, or whatever.