By LISA GRAYBEAL
Staff Writer, Waynesboro
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Playing the lottery could be your ticket to a television appearance.
The Pennsylvania Lottery is hosting its first televised game show on Saturday, March 8, at 7 p.m. to commemorate its 25th anniversary. The half hour show will be telecast on channels throughout the state that carry the nightly lottery drawing. A "well-known celebrity entertainer," whose name has not be released, will host the show, said Cris Oblack, deputy press secretary at lottery headquarters in Middletown, Pa.
"It's the first time we've ever aired a TV game show," Oblack said, adding that the lottery's anniversary committee came up with the idea after seeing similar lottery shows in other states.
From the entry coupons received, lottery officials will pick 279 names. Of those names, 25 will be selected as in-studio contestants, Oblack said. Each finalist will receive a minimum cash prize of $2,500. Three of the 25 finalists will be selected as game show contestants to play in three separate games with minimum winnings of $120,000, Oblack said.