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2009 Press Releases

November 20, 2009

DELAWARE LOTTERY TO EXPAND SPORTS WAGERING OFFERINGS
New Betting Options will include a chance to win $100,000 and a Local Teams Parlay Card

Dover, DE --- Building on the success of its recently launched sports lottery, the Delaware State Lottery is unveiling several new parlay card wagering offerings starting with this week's pro football games. One of the new games will offer players the chance to win up to $100,000 on a single parlay card wager.

In addition to the football parlay cards presently offered each week - Half-Point, Teaser and Super Teaser cards - the Delaware Lottery next week is planning a special $100,000 Parlay Card. For a $5 wager, customers will be able to win $100,000 by selecting 15 NFL games correctly against the point spread. The $100,000 card will be distributed on Thursdays with the other weekly cards at Delaware's three racetrack casinos: Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington.

This week, the Delaware Lottery is introducing the "Delaware Favorites Card," which will exclusively feature games with locally popular teams. On Monday, the Delaware Lottery will also introduce the "Monday Night Card," which will allow players to parlay the featured Monday night game into games on the following week's NFL schedule.

"The State has been pleased with the growth in handle and revenues generated by the sports lottery since the first week of the football season in September," said Delaware Acting Finance Secretary Tom Cook. "We've been listening to customers and looking to add new wagering options to keep the sports lottery fresh and exciting. We believe these new parlay card offerings will be appealing and keep customers returning week after week."

The Delaware Favorites card will include the Eagles, Giants, Ravens and Redskins games for the current week and the following two weeks of the schedules. For the first time, customers may select games across weeks. For example, a customer could choose the Giants and Eagles this week, the Ravens next week, and the Giants, Eagles and Redskins the following week in a 6-team parlay. The payoffs will be the same as on the standard Half-Point card, ranging from 6 ½ for 1 on a 3-team parlay to 800 for 1 on a 10 teamer. The card will be available at all the racetrack casino sports books by 12 noon on Thursdays along with the other cards.

The Monday Night Card will include the current week's Monday Night game, plus the full slate of games from the following week. The Monday Night Card will be valid on Mondays only until the close of the sports books that night. The payoffs will also be the same as on the Half-Point Card.

Since launching on Sept. 10, total money wagered each week in the sports lottery has grown by nearly 300%. The handle has increased in each week of the season, with $735,194 the most recently reported handle number for the week ending Nov. 15.

Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed more than $3 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®, HOT LOTTO®, MULTI-WIN LOTTO, FAST PLAY®, PLAY 3, PLAY 4, and assorted Instant Games. Delaware Lottery game and promotional details are available at delottery.com, at licensed retailers, and from the Lottery's office in Dover.

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