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State selling rare bourbon whiskeys, including 10 bottles priced at $1,900 each

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One of the rarest bourbon products to come out of Kentucky is now available through a limited-release lottery that is being conducted this week by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

The state will hold two lottery drawings with 280 bottles of whiskey up for grabs.

The lottery program was developed in recent years as a way to more equitably distribute products that are available in limited supplies and often sell out online in a matter of minutes, the PLCB said.

The first drawing will feature 10 bottles of Old Rip Van Winkle 25 Year, a 100-proof Kentucky straight bourbon that was distilled in 1989. The retail price for each 750-milliliter bottle, one of only 710 bottles produced, is $1,899.99.

Each bottle is individually numbered and packaged in a custom-made wooden box featuring oak from the barrels in which the bourbon was aged.

The second lottery includes 270 bottles of E.H. Taylor Four Grain, a Kentucky straight bourbon that was aged for 12 years. The retail price for each 750-milliliter bottle is $79.99.

The PLCB reserves 25 percent of the lottery offerings for retail licensees. The rest are open to individual consumers.

Each person selected in the random drawing can purchase only one bottle per lottery, according to the PLCB. Households are limited to one bottle per lottery as well.

Pennsylvania residents have until 11 p.m. Saturday to opt in to one or more of the lotteries.

Participants will be notified by email when the lottery process is complete, according to the PLCB.

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