But if you buy your tickets in the Garden State, luck may yet smile. New Jersey does not cut off betting on a number at any point.
"We are seeing heavy betting on 777 and 7707," said Dominick DeMarco, the lottery's public information officer.
New Jersey is a pari-mutuel betting state, DeMarco explained. That means it sets no ceiling on how often any numeric combination may be bet on lottery tickets.
"A hundred, a thousand, 10,000, there's no limit," DeMarco said. "However, it is kind of like betting on the favorite in a horse race. The payout won't be astronomical."
Pennsylvania limits payouts to $10 million on its four-digit lottery and $20 million on its three-digit play, and bases its sales on that, said lottery spokeswoman Elizabeth Brassell. A computer is programmed to halt sales when payouts reach those levels.
In conjunction with the special date, the Pennsylvania Lottery will hold a Millionaire Raffle for only the fourth time, with 7,777 prizes totaling $6.4 million being awarded at 7 tonight.
Today's date has been touted as a very lucky day. Many weddings are planned, casinos and betting parlors are expected to do a brisk business, and lots of folks are just keeping their fingers crossed that it is indeed a fortunate day in whatever they set out to do.
Like winning the lottery.
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