By Jon Delano

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Billboards around the state keep track of how many tickets are left.

It’s the Pennsylvania Lottery’s Millionaire Raffle where only 500,000 tickets are sold at $20 a ticket.

“They’re going great. A lot of people are buying them,” Cierra Vera of the Smithfield News shop told KDKA money editor Jon Delano.

Vera says she’s been selling lots of these raffle tickets, especially as the July 6 drawing date gets closer.

“Our Millionaire Raffle game is extremely popular with our players,” says Lottery spokesperson Gary Miller. “Each ticket costs $20 and it offers the Pennsylvania Lottery’s best odds for winning a million dollar prize. That’s a one in 125,000 chance.”

A one in 125,000 chance to win a million bucks — and a one in 83 chance to win something.

Four players will win a million dollars; four others will win $100,000; 100 players will win $1,000; and 5,892 will win $100.

This is the 16th millionaire raffle, and lottery officials say get your tickets this weekend.

“We first started offering Millionaire Raffle in late 2005, and every one of our Millionaire Raffles has sold out prior to the drawing date,” says Miller.

After the winners are drawn on Saturday, July 6, be sure to check the numbers carefully.

Believe it or not, lottery officials say that not long ago there was a millionaire winner from Westmoreland County who never claimed the prize.

“We did a lot of outreach to make players aware it was going to expire, and unfortunately it did,” says Miller.

A million bucks unclaimed and lost is unusual.

Here’s another fact: with no geographic bias, all four millionaires could come from this region.

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