Portia Fitts has no qualms about buying a lottery ticket once in a while.

In fact, it paid off just two weeks ago — when she won $1,000 on a $10 scratch-off ticket.

But the 25-year-old York City woman said she's a little skeptical about the new game she saw for sale Friday afternoon in the lottery-ticket vending machine at Gloria's Grocery and Lottery.

The newest Pennsylvania Lottery game unveiled Tuesday gives players about a 1 in 3 chance of at least getting their money back.

But they have to shell out $30 first.

"I'm a little scared to buy it," Fitts said.

The price of Three Million scratch-off tickets is the highest the lottery system has ever offered.

Demand: The agency's research and sales trends shows that's exactly what lottery gamblers want, said Lauren Bottaro, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Lottery.

"We thought we would give it a try. We're always looking at new ways to meet players' interests," Bottaro said.

With 6.6 million tickets in circulation, four lucky gamblers will win the game's top prize of $3 million.

Your chance of being so lucky is 1 in 1.65 million.

The odds are significantly better for winning $300,000 — the prize on 15 tickets. Those chances are 1 in 440,000.

Lesser possible winnings include $30, $35, $40, $50, $75, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 and $30,000.


Bottaro said the appeal of a $30 ticket is the better odds. A $5 game, for example, offers players about a 1 in 4 chance of winning some amount of money.

Of course, "not everyone is going to win a prize," she said.

Addiction: As for gamblers plagued by addiction, the lottery system is not any more concerned about $30 tickets than about $5 tickets, Bottaro said.

"We always encourage people to play responsibly and within their means," she said.

"Even with our lower-price-point tickets, it's really up to the individual what they can afford for entertainment purposes," she said. "This is not going to be a get-rich-quick plan for someone. At least, that's not what we're going for."

Three Million tickets are available for sale in each of the lottery's 9,100 partner retailers.