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Rare whiskeys on sale via state lottery process

Whiskey connoisseurs will get a shot at buying five rare bourbon and rye products through a limited-release lottery that the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board plans to hold next week.

The PLCB will sell 366 bottles to lottery winners in four separate drawings. 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 upcoming lottery will feature 150 bottles of Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. Seasoned Wood Bourbon, 72 bottles of Four Roses Elliot’s Select Limited Edition Single Barrel Bourbon, 48 bottles of Willett Family Estate Single Barrel Three-Year-Old Rye and 48 two-bottle sets of Buffalo Trace offerings.

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

The products available through these four drawings range in cost from $52.99 to $129.99. Collectively, it’s more than $30,000 worth of whiskey.

Each person selected in the random computer 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.

Drawings will be conducted next week and participants will be notified by the end of August.

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