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Pennsylvania Merry Money '16 Instant Lottery Game

[46 Pa.B. 6718]
[Saturday, October 22, 2016]

 Under the State Lottery Law (72 P.S. §§ 3761-101—3761-314) and 61 Pa. Code § 819.203 (relating to notice of instant game rules), the Secretary of Revenue hereby provides public notice of the rules for the following instant lottery game:

 1. Name: The name of the game is Pennsylvania Merry Money '16.

 2. Price: The price of a Pennsylvania Merry Money '16 instant lottery game ticket is $1.

 3. Play Symbols: Each Pennsylvania Merry Money '16 instant lottery game ticket will contain one play area featuring a ''WINNING NUMBERS'' area and a ''YOUR NUMBERS'' area. The play symbols and their captions located in the ''WINNING NUMBERS'' area are: 1 (ONE), 2 (TWO), 3 (THREE), 4 (FOUR), 5 (FIVE), 6 (SIX), 7 (SEVEN), 8 (EIGHT), 9 (NINE), 10 (TEN), 11 (ELEVN), 12 (TWLV), 13 (THRTN), 14 (FORTN), 15 (FIFTN), 16 (SIXTN), 17 (SVNTN), 18 (EGHTN), 19 (NINTN) and 20 (TWENT). The play symbols and their captions located in the ''YOUR NUMBERS'' area are: 1 (ONE), 2 (TWO), 3 (THREE), 4 (FOUR), 5 (FIVE), 6 (SIX), 7 (SEVEN), 8 (EIGHT), 9 (NINE), 10 (TEN), 11 (ELEVN), 12 (TWLV), 13 (THRTN), 14 (FORTN), 15 (FIFTN), 16 (SIXTN), 17 (SVNTN), 18 (EGHTN), 19 (NINTN), 20 (TWENT) and a MERRY (WINALL) symbol.

 4. Prize Symbols: The prize symbols and their captions located in the ''YOUR NUMBERS'' area are: FREE (TICKET), $1.00 (ONE DOL), $2.00 (TWO DOL), $4.00 (FOR DOL), $5.00 (FIV DOL), $10.00 (TEN DOL), $20.00 (TWENTY), $30.00 (THIRTY), $40.00 (FORTY), $50.00 (FIFTY), $100 (ONE HUN), $400 (FOR HUN) and $10,000 (TEN THO).

 5. Prizes: The prizes that can be won in this game are: Free $1 ticket, $1, $2, $4, $5, $10, $20, $30, $40, $50, $100, $400 and $10,000. A player can win up to 4 times on a ticket.

 6. Second-Chance Drawings: The Pennsylvania Lottery will conduct a Secret Santa Second-Chance Drawing for which non-winning Pennsylvania Merry Money '16 instant lottery game tickets may be eligible as provided for in section 10.

 7. Approximate Number of Tickets Printed For the Game: Approximately 16,800,000 tickets will be printed for the Pennsylvania Merry Money '16 instant lottery game.

 8. Determination of Prize Winners:

 (a) Holders of tickets upon which any one of the ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbols matches either of the ''WINNING NUMBERS'' play symbols and a prize symbol of $10,000 (TEN THO) appears in the ''Prize'' area to the right of the matching ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbol, on a single ticket, shall be entitled to a prize of $10,000.

 (b) Holders of tickets upon which any one of the ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbols matches either of the ''WINNING NUMBERS'' play symbols and a prize symbol of $400 (FOR HUN) appears in the ''Prize'' area to the right of the matching ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbol, on a single ticket, shall be entitled to a prize of $400.

 (c) Holders of tickets upon which any one of the ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbols is a MERRY (WINALL) symbol and a prize symbol of $100 (ONE HUN) appears in all four of the ''Prize'' areas, on a single ticket, shall be entitled to a prize of $400.

 (d) Holders of tickets upon which any one of the ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbols matches either of the ''WINNING NUMBERS'' play symbols and a prize symbol of $100 (ONE HUN) appears in the ''Prize'' area to the right of the matching ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbol, on a single ticket, shall be entitled to a prize of $100.

 (e) Holders of tickets upon which any one of the ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbols is a MERRY (WINALL) symbol and a prize symbol of $40.00 (FORTY) appears in two of the ''Prize'' areas and a prize symbol of $10.00 (TEN DOL) appears in two of the ''Prize'' areas, shall be entitled to a prize of $100.

 (f) Holders of tickets upon which any one of the ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbols matches either of the ''WINNING NUMBERS'' play symbols and a prize symbol of $50.00 (FIFTY) appears the ''Prize'' area to the right of the matching ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbol, on a single ticket, shall be entitled to a prize of $50.

 (g) Holders of tickets upon which any one of the ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbols matches either of the ''WINNING NUMBERS'' play symbols and a prize symbol of $40.00 (FORTY) appears in the ''Prize'' area to the right of the matching ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbol, on a single ticket, shall be entitled to a prize of $40.

 (h) Holders of tickets upon which any one of the ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbols is a MERRY (WINALL) symbol and a prize symbol of $10.00 (TEN DOL) appears in all four of the ''Prize'' areas, on a single ticket, shall be entitled to a prize of $40.

 (i) Holders of tickets upon which any one of the ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbols matches either of the ''WINNING NUMBERS'' play symbols and a prize symbol of $30.00 (THIRTY) appears in the ''Prize'' area to the right of the matching ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbol, on a single ticket, shall be entitled to a prize of $30.

 (j) Holders of tickets upon which any one of the ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbols is a MERRY (WINALL) symbol and a prize symbol of $10.00 (TEN DOL) appears in two of the ''Prize'' areas and a prize symbol of $5.00 (FIV DOL) appears in two of the ''Prize'' areas, on a single ticket, shall be entitled to a prize of $30.

 (k) Holders of tickets upon which any one of the ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbols matches either of the ''WINNING NUMBERS'' play symbols and a prize symbol of $20.00 (TWENTY) appears in the ''Prize'' area to the right of the matching ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbol, on a single ticket, shall be entitled to a prize of $20.

 (l) Holders of tickets upon which any one of the ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbols is a MERRY (WINALL) symbol and a prize symbol of $5.00 (FIV DOL) appears in all four of the ''Prize'' areas, on a single ticket, shall be entitled to a prize of $20.

 (m) Holders of tickets upon which any one of the ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbols matches either of the ''WINNING NUMBERS'' play symbols and a prize symbol of $10.00 (TEN DOL) appears in the ''Prize'' area to the right of the matching ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbol, on a single ticket, shall be entitled to a prize of $10.

 (n) Holders of tickets upon which any one of the ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbols is a MERRY (WINALL) symbol and a prize symbol of $4.00 (FOR DOL) appears in two of the ''Prize'' areas and a prize symbol of $1.00 (ONE DOL) appears in two of the ''Prize'' areas, on a single ticket, shall be entitled to a prize of $10.

 (o) Holders of tickets upon which any one of the ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbols matches either of the ''WINNING NUMBERS'' play symbols and a prize symbol of $5.00 (FIV DOL) appears in the ''Prize'' area to the right of the matching ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbol, on a single ticket, shall be entitled to a prize of $5.

 (p) Holders of tickets upon which any one of the ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbols matches either of the ''WINNING NUMBERS'' play symbols and a prize symbol of $4.00 (FOR DOL) appears in the ''Prize'' area to the right of the matching ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbol, on a single ticket, shall be entitled to a prize of $4.

 (q) Holders of tickets upon which any one of the ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbols is a MERRY (WINALL) symbol and a prize symbol of $1.00 (ONE DOL) appears in all four of the ''Prize'' areas, on a single ticket, shall be entitled to a prize of $4.

 (r) Holders of tickets upon which any one of the ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbols matches either of the ''WINNING NUMBERS'' play symbols and a prize symbol of $2.00 (TWO DOL) appears in the ''Prize'' area to the right of the matching ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbol, on a single ticket, shall be entitled to a prize of $2.

 (s) Holders of tickets upon which any one of the ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbols matches either of the ''WINNING NUMBERS'' play symbols and a prize symbol of $1.00 (ONE DOL) appears in the ''Prize'' area to the right of the matching ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbol, on a single ticket, shall be entitled to a prize of $1.

 (t) Holders of tickets upon which any one of the ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbols matches either of the ''WINNING NUMBERS'' play symbols and a prize symbol of FREE (TICKET) appears in the ''Prize'' area to the right of the matching ''YOUR NUMBERS'' play symbol, on a single ticket, shall be entitled to a prize of one Pennsylvania Merry Money '16 instant game ticket or one Pennsylvania Lottery instant game ticket of equivalent sale price which is currently on sale.

 9. Number and Description of Prizes and Approximate Odds: The following table sets forth the approximate number of winners, amounts of prizes, and approximate odds of winning:


When Any Of Your Numbers Match
Either Winning Number, Win Prize
Shown To The Right Of The
Matching Number.
Win With:
Win: Approximate
Odds Are 1 In:
Approximate No.
Of Winners Per
16,800,000 Tickets
FREE FREE $1 TICKET 12 1,400,000
$1 $1 37.50 448,000
$1 × 2 $2 37.50 448,000
$2 $2 30 560,000
MERRY w/ ($1 × 4) $4 75 224,000
$2 × 2 $4 600 28,000
$4 $4 600 28,000
($2 × 2) + $1 $5 300 56,000
$4 + $1 $5 300 56,000
$5 $5 300 56,000
MERRY w/ (($4 × 2) + ($1 × 2)) $10 100 168,000
$5 × 2 $10 600 28,000
$10 $10 600 28,000
MERRY w/ ($5 × 4) $20 500 33,600
$10 × 2 $20 1,500 11,200
$20 $20 1,500 11,200
MERRY w/ (($10 × 2) + ($5 × 2)) $30 1,500 11,200
$10 × 3 $30 3,000 5,600
$30 $30 3,000 5,600
MERRY w/ ($10 × 4) $40 3,000 5,600
$20 × 2 $40 24,000 700
$40 $40 24,000 700
MERRY w/ (($40 × 2) + ($10 × 2)) $100 12,000 1,400
$50 × 2 $100 48,000 350
$100 $100 48,000 350
MERRY w/ ($100 × 4) $400 48,000 350
$400 $400 48,000 350
$10,000 $10,000 1,680,000 10
Reveal a ''MERRY'' (WINALL) symbol, win all 4 prizes shown!

 Prizes, including top prizes, are subject to availability at the time of purchase.

 10. Second-Chance Drawings: Pennsylvania Lottery's Secret Santa Second-Chance Drawings (hereafter, the ''Drawings'').

 (a) Qualifying Tickets: Non-winning PA-1246 Merry Money '16 ($1), PA-1245 Unwrap the Cash ($2), PA-1244 Freezin' Greetings '16 ($3), PA-1243 Frosty Ca$h '16 ($5), PA-1242 Trim the Tree '16 ($10), and PA-1241 $1,000,000 Snow Bank ($20) instant lottery tickets (''Qualifying Tickets'') are eligible for entry in the Drawings. In addition, PICK 2, PICK 3, PICK 4, PICK 5, Treasure Hunt, Cash 5, Match 6 lotto, Cash4Life®, Powerball®, or Mega Millions® terminal-based lottery tickets sold from October 24, 2016 through January 5, 2017, and imprinted with a Second Chance Prize ZoneTM Official Entry Code (''Qualifying Tickets'') are eligible for entry in the Drawings.

 (b) Participation and Entry:

 (1) Entrants must be members of the Pennsylvania Lottery VIP Players Club to participate in the Drawings. To join the VIP Players Club, visit https://www.palottery.state.pa.us/vip-players-club/login.aspx. Becoming a VIP Players Club member is free.

 (2) To enter the Drawings, entrants must submit the identifying information from at least one instant lottery ticket or the Second Chance Prize ZoneTM Official Entry Code (''Official Entry Code'') from at least one terminal-based lottery ticket via the Drawings' promotional website, available at http://www.palottery.com, or the Pennsylvania Lottery's official mobile application during the entry period.

 (3) A Qualifying Ticket may be submitted only once in the Drawings. No other method of submission will be accepted, and entries submitted using any other method, including entries mailed or hand-delivered to the Pennsylvania Lottery, are not valid and will be disqualified.

 (4) Each entry must be complete and the information supplied by the entrant must be accurate. Incomplete entries cannot be submitted.

 (5) Only one claimant per entry allowed.

 (6) Entrants must be 18 years of age or older.

 (7) Players may submit an unlimited number of Qualifying Tickets in the Drawings.

 (c) Drawings Description.

 (1) The Drawings will consist of two drawings and a virtual non-prize-determinative holiday-themed game that will reveal the number of entries the entrant receives by entering a Qualifying Ticket.

 (2) Drawings.

 (i) The Lottery will conduct a total of two drawings. The drawings will consist of a ''Secret Santa Drawing'' and a ''Not So Secret Drawing''. A Qualifying Ticket may only be entered into one of the drawings. The Entrant must choose which drawing to enter. Once an entry has been submitted it cannot be withdrawn or changed. All time references are Eastern Prevailing Time.

 (ii) All entries received after 11:59:59 p.m. October 23, 2016, through 11:59:59 p.m. January 5, 2017 will be entered into one of the drawings as selected by the entrant pursuant to section 10(c)(2)(i) above, held between January 6, 2017 and January 17, 2017.

 (3) The entry periods for each drawing will be posted to the Pennsylvania Lottery's publicly accessible website.

 (4) Each entrant will have the opportunity to play a virtual non-prize-determinative holiday-themed game that will reveal the number of entries the entrant receives by entering a Qualifying Ticket. Each instant lottery ticket will have a predetermined ticket file assigned at the time the ticket is printed that will determine the outcome of the non-prize-determinative game play.

 (5) The number of entries an entrant will receive for a drawing is determined by the purchase price of the terminal-based ticket entered. An entrant will receive one entry for each $0.50 in purchase price of the terminal-based ticket submitted. For example, an entrant who enters the Official Entry Code from a terminal-based ticket with a purchase price of $0.50 will receive one entry into the Drawings. Similarly, an entrant who enters the Official Entry Code from a Qualifying Ticket with a purchase price of $2.00 will receive four entries into the Drawings.

 (6) The respective purchase prices and corresponding number of entries for Qualifying Tickets for the instant lottery tickets are as follows: PA-1246 Merry Money '16 ($1) = 2 entries; PA-1245 Unwrap the Cash ($2) = 4 entries; PA-1244 Freezin' Greetings '16 ($3) = 6 entries; PA-1243 Frosty Ca$h '16 ($5) = 10 entries; PA-1242 Trim the Tree '16 ($10) = 20 entries; and PA-1241 $1,000,000 Snow Bank ($20) = 40 entries.

 (7) Players may review prizes won and their entries for the Drawings via the Drawings' promotional website.

 (d)  Prizes Available to be Won, Determination of Winners, and Odds of Winning.

 (1) The prize entitlements described below are subject to all restrictions and limitations described in section 10(e), or mentioned anywhere else in these rules.

 (2) The Lottery will conduct two drawings from among all the entries received for each of the drawings, and during the applicable entry period(s), as described in section 10(c).

 (3) Secret Santa Drawing: The first through the fifth entries selected from the total number of entries awarded in the Secret Santa Drawing will be winning entries, and the entrants who submitted those winning entries shall each be entitled to a prize of $100,000. This prize will be paid as a one-time, lump-sum cash payment.

 (4) Not So Secret Drawing:

 (i) The first entry selected from the total number of entries awarded in the Not So Secret Drawing will be a winning entry, and the entrant who submitted the winning entry shall be entitled to a prize of $100,000. This prize will be paid as a one-time, lump-sum cash payment.

 (ii) The second and the third entries selected from the total number of entries awarded in the Not So Secret Drawing will be winning entries, and the entrants who submitted those winning entries shall each be entitled to a prize of $50,000.

 (iii) The fourth through the thirteenth entries selected from the total number of entries awarded in the Not So Secret Drawing will be winning entries, and the entrants who submitted those winning entries shall each be entitled to a prize of $10,000.

 (5) The number of winning entries to be selected for each drawing will be posted to the Pennsylvania Lottery's publicly accessible website.

 (6) The odds of winning a prize in either of the drawings depends upon the number of entries received for each of the drawings.

 (7) A computer-generated randomizer will be used to select the winning entries for the Drawings.

 (e) Drawings Restrictions:

 (1) To be eligible to participate in the Drawings, entrants must have complied with the requirements of these rules.

 (2) The Lottery is not responsible for late, lost or misdirected entries not entered into the Drawings. The Lottery is not responsible for entries that are not entered into the Drawings because of incompatible cellular telephones or internet browsers, mobile lottery application failure, or other technical issues. If a Drawings entry is selected as a winner and rejected during or following either of the drawings, the Lottery will select another entry to replace the rejected entry in accordance with these rules and Lottery procedure.

 (3) If any discrepancy exists between these rules and any material describing the Drawings, these rules shall govern.

 (4) Employees of the Pennsylvania Lottery, MARC Advertising, Scientific Games International Inc., MDI Entertainment, LLC, and their subcontractors, or a spouse, child, brother, sister or parent residing as a member of the same household in the principal place of residence of any such person are not eligible to participate in the Drawings. Offer void where prohibited or restricted.

 (5) The Pennsylvania Lottery reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend the Drawings and change these rules if the Drawings cannot be conducted as planned due to errors in these rules or advertising, unauthorized intervention, tampering, fraud, technical errors, viruses, worms, bugs, or any other cause beyond the control of the Pennsylvania Lottery that, in the Pennsylvania Lottery's sole judgment, could corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Drawings.

 (6) All entries shall be subject to verification by the Pennsylvania Lottery.

 (7) The Pennsylvania Lottery reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify an entrant found to be tampering with the operation of the Drawings or to be acting in violation of these rules or applicable law.

 (8) The time frame for the drawings to be conducted, as stated in section 10(c)(2), as well as the announcement of winners on the Pennsylvania Lottery's publicly accessible website, are subject to change based on the number of entries received for any given drawing. Entrants should check the Pennsylvania Lottery's publicly accessible website after the entry periods have closed for up to date information.

 (9) The Drawings are governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Applicable laws and regulations apply.

 (10) Prizes must be claimed within 1 year of the drawing date of the drawing in which the prize was won. If no claim is made within 1 year of the drawing date of the drawing in which the prize was won, the right of an entrant to claim the prize won, if any, will expire and the prize money will be paid into the State Lottery Fund and used for purposes provided by statute.

 (11) Final determination of winners will be made by the Secretary, whose judgment will be final and binding.

 (12) The payment of a prize awarded in the Drawings to a person who dies before receiving the prize shall be paid according to 61 Pa. Code § 811.16 (relating to prizes payable after death of a prize winner).

 (13) A winner is responsible for all taxes arising from or in connection with any prize won.

 (14) A player may only win the prize for which the player is first selected in the Drawings. Subsequent entries, from the same individual, selected in the Drawings will be disqualified and a replacement entry will be selected.

 (15) Prizes are not transferrable.

 (16) Other restrictions may apply.

 11. Retailer Incentive Awards: The Lottery may conduct a separate Retailer Incentive Program for retailers who sell Pennsylvania Merry Money '16 instant lottery game tickets.

 12. Retailer Bonus: The Lottery may offer a retailer bonus in connection with the sale of Pennsylvania instant lottery game tickets. If a retailer bonus is offered, a Lottery retailer shall be eligible for a bonus as described in this section. Lottery retailers who sell a winning ticket that entitles the ticket holder to a prize, either payable in a single installment or having a guaranteed minimum payout, of at least $100,000 and not exceeding $500,000 shall be paid a bonus of $500. Lottery retailers who sell a winning ticket that entitles the ticket holder to a prize, either payable in a single installment or having a guaranteed minimum payout, of at least $500,001 and not exceeding $1,000,000 shall be paid a bonus of $5,000. Lottery retailers who sell a winning ticket that entitles the ticket holder to a prize, either payable in a single installment or having a guaranteed minimum payout, of at least $1,000,001 and not exceeding $10,000,000 shall be paid a bonus of $10,000. A Lottery retailer is entitled only to the largest bonus for which he qualifies on a winning ticket. A bonus will be initiated for payment after the instant ticket is claimed and validated. A bonus will not be awarded to a Lottery retailer that sells a non-winning Pennsylvania Lottery instant ticket used to enter a Pennsylvania Lottery second-chance drawing or promotion that is subsequently selected to win a prize.

 13. Unclaimed Prize Money: For a period of 1 year from the announced close of Pennsylvania Merry Money '16, prize money from winning Pennsylvania Merry Money '16 instant lottery game tickets will be retained by the Secretary for payment to the persons entitled thereto. If no claim is made within 1 year of the announced close of the Pennsylvania Merry Money '16 instant lottery game, the right of a ticket holder to claim the prize represented by the ticket, if any, will expire and the prize money will be paid into the State Lottery Fund and used for purposes provided for by statute.

 14. Governing Law: In purchasing a ticket, the customer agrees to comply with and abide by the State Lottery Law (72 P.S. §§ 3761-101—3761-314), 61 Pa. Code Part V (relating to State Lotteries) and the provisions contained in this notice.

 15. Termination of the Game: The Secretary may announce a termination date, after which no further tickets from this game may be sold. The announcement will be disseminated through media used to advertise or promote Pennsylvania Merry Money '16 or through normal communications methods.

EILEEN H. McNULTY, 
Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 16-1822. Filed for public inspection October 21, 2016, 9:00 a.m.]



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