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01/17/2020

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Opens Entry for Van Winkle Limited-Release Lottery

​Multiple-bottle sets offered again this year

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB), through its Limited-Release Lottery, will award the opportunity to purchase 1,996 bottles of Van Winkle whiskeys, including sets containing multiple bottles of the very popular, limited-production spirits.

Pennsylvania residents and licensees will have from 9:00 AM Monday, Jan. 20, until 5:00 PM Friday, Jan. 24, to opt in to one or more of the drawings by visiting the Limited-Release Lottery web page at FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com.

These Kentucky whiskeys, produced by Pappy Van Winkle’s grandson using recipes dating back four generations, are among the most sought after in the world. Since 2002, the Van Winkle bourbons have been produced at the Buffalo Trace distillery, enabling the Old Rip Van Winkle distillery the ability to increase production while still ensuring strict standards for quality. Wine Enthusiast magazine and the World Spirits Championship have rated the 20-year-old bourbon 99 out of 100.

The PLCB is again offering multi-bottle library sets of Van Winkle Whiskeys displayed in custom-made wooden boxes.

  • Three sets (two for individual consumers, one for licensees) will include one each of six expressions of the 2019 Van Winkle release: Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Straight Bourbon 23 Year Old, Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Straight Bourbon 20 Year Old, Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Straight Bourbon 15 Year Old, Van Winkle Family Reserve Straight Rye Whiskey 13 Year Old, Van Winkle Special Reserve Straight Bourbon 12 Year Old, and Old Rip Van Winkle Handmade Straight Bourbon 10 Year Old. The price for each six-bottle set is $2,199.99.
  • Eight sets (four for individual consumers, four for licensees) will include one each of five expressions of the 2019 Van Winkle release: Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Straight Bourbon 23 Year Old, Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Straight Bourbon 20 Year Old, Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Straight Bourbon 15 Year Old, Van Winkle Special Reserve Straight Bourbon 12 Year Old, and Old Rip Van Winkle Handmade Straight Bourbon 10 Year Old. The price for each five-bottle set is $1,899.99.
  • Fifteen sets (eight for individual consumers, seven for licensees) will include one each of four expressions of the 2019 Van Winkle release: Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Straight Bourbon 20 Year Old, Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Straight Bourbon 15 Year Old, Van Winkle Special Reserve Straight Bourbon 12 Year Old, and Old Rip Van Winkle Handmade Straight Bourbon 10 Year Old. The price for each four-bottle set is $1,199.99.
  • Fifty sets (25 for individual consumers, 25 for licensees) will include one each of three expressions of the 2019 Van Winkle release: Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Straight Bourbon 20 Year Old, Van Winkle Special Reserve Straight Bourbon 12 Year Old, and Old Rip Van Winkle Handmade Straight Bourbon10 Year Old. The price for each three-bottle set is $999.99.

Additional drawings will be held, in the following order, to award the right to purchase individual bottles as follows:

  • Van Winkle Family Reserve Straight Rye Whiskey 13 Year Old 95.6 Proof, $159.99 each – nine bottles for individual consumers, three bottles for licensees
  • Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Straight Bourbon 23 Year Old 95.6 Proof, $399.99 each – 69 bottles for individual consumers, 22 bottles for licensees
  • Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Straight Bourbon 20 Year Old 90.4 Proof, $249.99 each – 74 bottles for individual consumers, 24 bottles for licensees
  • Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Straight Bourbon 15 Year Old 107 Proof, $149.99 each – 109 bottles for individual consumers, 36 bottles for licensees
  • Old Rip Van Winkle Handmade Straight Bourbon 10 Year Old 107 Proof, $89.99 each – 288 bottles for individual consumers, 95 bottles for licensees
  • Van Winkle Special Reserve Straight Bourbon 12 Year Old 90.4 Proof, $99.99 each – 750 bottles for individual consumers, 249 bottles for licensees

Individual consumers and licensees interested in entering one or more drawings must be registered customers at FWGS.com with billing information on file. Each participant is encouraged to verify that accurate, up-to-date billing information is associated with his or her customer account, to prevent transaction delays or cancellations.

Separate drawings will be conducted for the sets and each of these limited-release whiskeys, and lottery participants may opt into one, several, or all drawings. Purchase is limited to one set or bottle per participant, and if a participant wins a set or bottle in a drawing, he or she will be removed from subsequent drawings.

In light of attempts by previous lottery winners to illegally resell products obtained through Limited-Release Lotteries, participants are reminded that the sale of alcoholic beverages without a license is strictly prohibited under Pennsylvania law. For more details, visit the lottery terms and conditions on FWGS.com.

Limited-Release Lotteries are open to Pennsylvania residents and licensees age 21 or older who provide both a verifiable Pennsylvania billing address and a Fine Wine & Good Spirits store address at registration. Any registrant with a billing address that can’t be verified as a Pennsylvania address will be removed from the lottery. Entries will be vetted for duplicative names, addresses, and other information, and duplicates will be deleted from the lottery pool.

Lottery drawings will be witnessed by an independent third party. Winners will be selected at random by computer program. Participants will be notified by email when the lottery process is complete.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling nearly $18.5 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit lcb.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.783.8864

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