RALEIGH — N.C. Lottery officials have postponed the "Cash Splash Millionaire Raffle" because of low ticket sales.
The raffle was supposed to occur this evening, but will now take place Sept. 20.
Less than half of the 500,000 available tickets have been sold, according to the Lottery's website.
"The Education Lottery reserved the right to change the date if needed to maximize ticket sales," a news release stated.
"Sales were slower this summer than we had anticipated," said Alice Garland, acting director of the N.C. Lottery, in the news release. "We know the extension is disappointing to those raffle players waiting for the drawing, but they still have a great chance to win $1 million. We saw sales increase some in the last week, and the extension will help us meet our main mission, raising money for education."
No more than 500,000 tickets will be sold. Tickets cost $20 and are available wherever lottery tickets are sold. No other extensions will occur.
The raffle offers three $1 million top prizes, and the lottery will pay the initial taxes. In addition to those top prizes, eight people will win $50,000; 30 people will win $5,000; and 560 people will win $500.