Mass. lottery operator ‘very surprised’ with ‘unprecedented’ demand for tickets, tickets are being sent out to more than 40,000 people in one day
The lottery operator for the Massachusetts State Lottery said Tuesday it’s “very surprised” by the amount of tickets being sold in the state lottery’s first day of operations.
“We’ve been very busy,” said John Henson, the company’s executive vice president of sales.
“Our staff has been trying to respond to those requests.”
But he said that the company expects to issue the tickets to as many as 40,021 people in a single day, which would be more than triple the number of tickets issued by the state in the first 24 hours.
The company said that about 80 per cent of the tickets were issued on Monday.
Henson said that he expects to hear from people who received tickets in the mail Tuesday, but that some of those tickets may have already been used and that it would take up to four weeks to reach the remaining recipients.
The lottery company is currently accepting tickets in its two regional offices in Boston and Cambridge, and said it expects to open a second office in Worcester on Tuesday.
Huddleston said that a portion of the proceeds from lottery tickets will go to charity, including the Red Cross.
The Massachusetts Lottery says tickets for the next 24 hours: 1.
The state lottery will open on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Greater Boston Convention Center in Boston.
The winner will receive $1,000 and the winner will be announced on Thursday, March 14.
All other winners will be notified on Friday, March 15.
The winners will have until March 17 to apply for the prize.
The number of winners will not change for the rest of the lottery year.
The total prize pool for the lottery is $2.8 billion.
The Red Cross is providing assistance to the winners and their families.
Hoyle said that most of the recipients have already received their tickets.
The winning tickets will be sold to a lottery company in their name and will be given to the winner or their relatives at a later date.