The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board plans to offer a lottery so customers will have a fairer shot at buying some limited quantity liquors.
“One of the concerns we’ve heard most from Pennsylvania residents and licensees is how folks from other states are able to buy up what vendors allocate to the commonwealth,” said PLCB director of marketing and merchandising Dale Horst. “We are taking every step we can to ensure that these bottles will be sold to Pennsylvania residents and licensees.”
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the first such lottery will occur Oct. 13 featuring two dozen bottles from the Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection. Two varieties of the Kentucky bourbon will be available, 12 bottles of 100-proof French Oak Barrel Aged Bourbon and 12 bottles of French Oak Barrel Head Aged Bourbon priced at $48.49 each. The lottery runs from Monday morning to 11 p.m. Saturday night.
The LCB has tried to sell limited-quantity brands online, but a sale of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon caused the website to crash last year. LCB Chairman Tim Holden said the online quantities also sold out within a few minutes, making it hard for some customers to get them.
Pennsylvania residents ONLY can register online.