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PA Lottery Announces a Second Drawing For Daily Number, BIG 4.

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MIDDLETOWN, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 10, 2003

Beginning Tuesday, February 11, 2003, the Pennsylvania Lottery will offer players two more chances to win every day with The Daily Number and BIG 4 games.

In addition to the nightly 7 o'clock drawing of The Daily Number and BIG 4 games, the Lottery will conduct a second drawing for Daily Number and BIG 4 at 1:35 p.m. each afternoon, beginning February 11. Like the nightly drawings, mid-day Daily Number and BIG 4 drawings will take place seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Acting Secretary of Revenue Gregory C. Fajt has scheduled a noon press conference Tuesday, February 11, to discuss mid-day draw details. The event will be held at Kim's News Stand in the Gallery Mall II, Ninth and Market Street, Philadelphia.

The nightly drawings will continue to air as they presently do - on your same television stations at 7 p.m. every Monday through Sunday. Sales for the nightly drawings will continue to close at 6:57 p.m.

The new mid-day draws will not be broadcast on television but will be shown on the Pennsylvania Lottery's Internet web site, www.palottery.com, every Monday through Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Sales for the 1:35 p.m. drawing broadcast will close at 1:05 p.m. Mid-day drawing results also will be announced on the live, nightly drawing show.

How to play the new mid-day Daily Number and BIG 4 games

Mid-day draw games are played exactly the same as the nightly Daily Number and BIG 4 games ... with the exception of the drawing time. Players now have the option of playing their numbers for the mid-day drawing, the nightly drawing or a combination of the two.

Players also have the option of playing their favorite numbers for a current drawing, a combination of two or more days within a seven-day period or up to one week in advance.

For the Daily Number, players pick their favorite three-digit number, and then select the type of bet - straight, boxed, boxed 2 digits, front pair, back pair, super straight. Players decide the amount of money they wish to wager - 50 cents, $1, $2, $3, $4, $5. Finally, players pick the time(s) and date(s) they want to play, up to one week in advance.

For BIG 4, players pick their favorite four-digit number, then select the type of bet they wish to play - straight, box 3 digits + 1, box two pair, box 1 pair + 2 digits, box four different digits. Players decide the amount of money they wish to wager - 50 cents, $1, $2, $3, $4, $5. Finally, players pick the time(s) and date(s) they want to play, up to one week in advance.

Players will receive two separate tickets (mid-day draw and nightly draw) when requesting both the daytime and nighttime games in one purchase. Players still may cancel any Daily Number or BIG 4 ticket within 10 minutes after purchase.

Special "Launch Day" promotion for mid-day draws

From 5 a.m. until 1:05 p.m. Tuesday, February 11, 2003, ANY Daily Number or BIG 4 ticket purchase could earn you a free mid-day, quick pick, 50-cent, boxed ticket for that day's drawing only. Free tickets will be dispensed randomly.

If you purchase a Daily Number ticket for the nightly or for the mid-day drawing, you could receive a FREE quick pick, 50-cent, boxed Daily Number ticket for the Tuesday, February 11, mid-day drawing. If you purchase a BIG 4 ticket for the nightly or for the mid-day drawing, you could receive a FREE quick pick, 50-cent, boxed BIG 4 ticket for the Tuesday, February 11, mid-day drawing.

The Pennsylvania Lottery has contemplated adding mid-day Daily Number and BIG 4 draws for some time. Several other U.S. lotteries successfully have introduced mid-day drawings of their three- and four-digit number games, in addition to the nightly draws. Currently in Pennsylvania, players win an average of $1 million each day between The Daily Number and BIG 4 games.

The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state Lottery that designates all of its proceeds to benefit older citizens.

Since inception nearly 31 years ago, the Lottery has contributed $12.9 billion to programs that have expanded to include property tax and rent rebates, free and reduced fare transit for older Pennsylvanians, a co-pay prescription drug program (PACE and PACENET) and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including 650 full- and part-time senior centers, located throughout Pennsylvania.

In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, the Pennsylvania Lottery ranked highly among the most profitable lotteries in the U.S. Of the 38 state lotteries, the Pennsylvania Lottery finished second in net income as a percentage of sales, third in traditional sales (excluding Keno, multi-state games such as Powerball(R) and video lottery terminals) per employee and fourth in net income per employee.

Players must be 18 years of age or older.
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