LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The odds were much better than usual, and although no multimillionaires were created, the Kentucky Lottery's first raffle-style game put plenty of bucks in players' pockets.
Tickets worth $1 million each were sold in Baxter (Harlan County) and Danville (Boyle County) for the "Million Dollar Draw" game, which was touted as featuring the best odds ever offered by the Kentucky Lottery for winning $1 million, which was 1 in 250,000.
The lottery sold 500,000 $10 tickets between Jan. 1 and March 6, and Monday it drew 734 winning numbers at random, including the two $1 million winning tickets.
The top prizes were to go to the two people holding tickets numbered 329,288 and 470,636. The winning tickets for $50,000 prizes were numbered 375,559 and 331,327.
Prizes could be claimed starting today. Prizes of $10,000 or more must be claimed at the lottery headquarters at 1011 W. Main St. in downtown Louisville. Lesser prizes could be claimed at lottery retailers.
The $1 million winners will have to pay 25 percent of the award for federal tax withholding, and an additional 6 percent in state tax withholding. They will get the money in a lump sum.
There also were 30 winners of $10,000 and 700 prizes of $500. Of the $5 million in ticket sales, $2.75 million was being returned to players in prizes.
The winning numbers were posted at www.kylottery.com and are available at the lottery hot line, (502) 583-2000. Advertisements listing all winning numbers were scheduled to run in major newspapers across the state.
Officials were pleased with ticket sales and plan another raffle-style game this summer, said Lottery spokesman Chip Polston.
Information from: The Courier-Journal,
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