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Pennsylvania Lottery Launches New Online Game, Lucky For Life Lotto


            MIDDLETOWNSeptember 28, 2004 – The Pennsylvania Lottery today announced a groundbreaking new online game, LUCKY FOR LIFE LOTTO, with a top prize of $3,000 a month for life and an instant-play feature. 

LUCKY FOR LIFE tickets will go on sale Thursday, September 30, 2004.  The first LUCKY FOR LIFE drawing will be held Saturday, October 2, 2004, at 7 p.m.  Live, televised LUCKY FOR LIFE drawings will be held every Wednesday and Saturday evening, along with the drawings for the Daily Number, BIG 4 and CASH 5.

“LUCKY FOR LIFE LOTTO is an exciting new game that gives Lottery players a chance to win a lifetime prize,” said Secretary of Revenue Gregory C. Fajt.  “But as with all Pennsylvania Lottery games, the real winners are older Pennsylvanians.

“LUCKY FOR LIFE will help the Lottery continue to support a broad range of senior programs, including expanded prescription drug benefits through PACE and PACENET.”

LUCKY FOR LIFE players will receive one play for $2.  Players select six numbers from 1 to 38, or they may elect the quick-pick, computer-selection method.  LUCKY FOR LIFE tickets may be purchased up to 13 weeks (26 draws) in advance. 

With each $2 purchase, players will have a chance to win the jackpot annuity prize of $3,000 a month for life, $1 million guaranteed, paid in annual installments of $36,000 per year less appropriate federal withholding, by matching all 6-of-6 winning numbers drawn.  Prizes are set for matching 5-, 4- and 3-of-6 winning numbers. Odds of winning the LUCKY FOR LIFE jackpot prize are 1-in-2,760,681.  Odds of winning any prize are 1-in-11.5.

“LUCKY FOR LIFE LOTTO responds to suggestions made by Lottery players, who wanted an online jackpot game with a ‘life’ prize, much like the Lottery’s popular ‘Win $1,000 A Week For Life’ instant ticket game,” said Lottery Executive Director Ed Mahlman.  “In addition to the lifetime prize, LUCKY FOR LIFE will offer the Pennsylvania Lottery’s first instant-play feature in an online game.”

            Players will be able to win $10 instantly for each $2 LUCKY FOR LIFE purchase.  The instant-play portion at the bottom of each ticket will either indicate “Instant Winner $10” or “No Instant Win, Try Again.”  The odds of winning $10 instantly are 1-in-20 statewide.

            A player could make a $10 LUCKY FOR LIFE purchase (five plays) and win $50 on the instant-play portion of the ticket, because each $2 purchase has a 1-in-20 chance statewide of winning $10 instantly.  A Random Number Generator will determine instant-play prizes; the six winning LUCKY FOR LIFE numbers will be drawn during the Lottery’s live Wednesday and Saturday nightly drawing show.




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            Instant wins can be paid to the player at the time of purchase. The player will then be issued an exchange ticket with the online LUCKY FOR LIFE portion of the ticket intact.  Winning instant tickets can be redeemed up to one year after the purchase.

Another unique feature of LUCKY FOR LIFE LOTTO is that, unlike other jackpot games, the top prize does not “roll” when no one wins.  The top prize is set at $3,000 per month for life and does not increase.  This is important to players because it means that the top prize is not normally shared when more than one winning ticket is sold for the same drawing.

            The Pennsylvania Lottery will pay up to five top annuity prizes of $3,000 a month for life during each LUCKY FOR LIFE drawing.  Each of the five winners would receive annual installments of $36,000 less federal withholding, currently at 25 percent.  If there are more than five winning jackpot tickets during a single drawing, the Lottery will divide $180,000 per year ($36,000 a year for life x five winning tickets, the maximum number of winners who can receive the full jackpot prize) evenly among the number of winning tickets.  Each winner will then receive his or her share of the jackpot in equal, annual annuity payments.  For example, if there were six winning jackpot tickets for one drawing, each winner would receive $30,000 a year for life paid in annual installments ($180,000 ÷ six winning jackpot tickets).

            Mahlman said LUCKY FOR LIFE LOTTO is part of the Lottery’s ongoing effort to create innovative new games.  He said LUCKY FOR LIFE was under development for about two years.

            The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state Lottery that designates all its proceeds to programs that benefit older residents.  Since its inception more than 32 years ago, the Lottery has contributed more than $13.8 billion to programs that include property tax and rent rebates; free and reduced-fare transit; the low-cost prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET; and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including 650 full- and part-time senior centers throughout Pennsylvania.  The Lottery reminds its players to play responsibly.  Players must be 18 or older.

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