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Lottery to Hold Second $1 Million Raffle

Posted August 17, 2007

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— The North Carolina Education Lottery announced Friday that it would hold a second $1 million raffle based on the success of the first raffle drawing on July 4.

The Merry Millionaire Raffle will pay out nearly fives times more prizes than the Sizzlin' Millionaire Raffle offered, officials said.

In addition to four $1 million tickets, five $100,000 tickets and 500 $1,000 tickets, the raffle will offer $320,000 in other prizes, including a number of $100 winning tickets. Officials also said that players who purchase raffle tickets early will have a chance to win $10,000 in four separate drawings – two winners per drawing – in the weeks leading up to the final Dec. 27 drawing, and those players will still be eligible for the final drawing.

“It is five times the fun compared to our first raffle. That one was so successful and so well-received by players that we thought we would introduce another one even bigger and better than the first,” lottery executive director Tom Shaheen said in a statement. “There were 509 winners in counties all across the state on the first raffle, and players told us they really liked the odds. This time, there will be 2,525 prizes and it will still be the best odds of winning $1 million.”

The $20 tickets for the Merry Millionaire Raffle are scheduled to go on sale Nov. 14.

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