Press Releases

2002 Press Releases

October 02, 2002


DOVER, DE -The nation-wide launch of the new POWERBALL® Instant Millionaire TV game show is scheduled for Saturday, October 5. Each show features a Delaware Lottery player competing against contestants from 12 other lotteries across the country for up to $1 million in cash prizes.
"This is a totally new kind of venture for the Delaware Lottery," according to Lottery Director Wayne Lemons. "We look forward to seeing our players do well, and hope that all Delawareans will enjoy the show."

Todd Newton of E! Entertainment Television and Whammy! hosts. The show has an elimination format with games of chance such as "Gauntlet" and "Brainiac" played in successive rounds. Only one of the 13 contestants gets to try for the $1 million grand prize in the final round. The show airs Saturdays on WBOC-TV at 12 noon and WPVI-TV at 11:30 PM.

Delaware Lottery contestants are chosen from drawings of non-winning POWERBALL Instant Millionaire TV Game Show Instant Game tickets conducted throughout the year. One on-air and six at-home contestants are chosen for each show. On-air contestants receive round-trip airfare for two to Las Vegas, $750 spending cash, limousine transportation to and from the airport, and a 3-night stay at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, a world-class resort fashioned after Venice, Italy. At-home contestants win $100 automatically and can win up to $10,000, depending on the success of their on-air counterparts.

Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed more than $1.4 billion to the state's General Fund to help finance needed state services that benefit everyone in Delaware. The Lottery offers a variety of games: POWERBALL®, LOTTO, PLAY 3, PLAY 4, and assorted Instant Games. More information is available at