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Want a bottle of hard-to-find Pappy Van Winkle bourbon? Virginia ABC is offering a lottery

Are you feeling lucky, bourbon fans?

It’s Pappy Van Winkle season in Virginia and the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is hosting online lotteries for drinkers interested in buying a bottle.

Released by the state in small batches, the elusive aged liquor made by Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky has garnered a passionate following. Now it’s Virginia’s turn.

Virginia ABC, which has no control over how many bottles it gets annually from the distillery, launched its first of three lotteries for Pappy products Dec. 1. Before 4:30 p.m., the lottery had already attracted 9,404 Virginians entering for the chance to buy 96 bottles of $99 Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15-year-old bourbon.

The lucky few will be notified Dec. 12 if the software program that picks random entries chooses theirs.

It’s the first time the agency has offered the bottles in a lottery versus sending them to the state’s retail stores.

Two more were scheduled for Dec. 8 and Dec. 15. Virginia ABC will host a lottery for the $69.99 Van Winkle Special Reserve 12-year-old bourbon and the $59.99 Old Rip Van Winkle 10-year-old bourbon, respectively.

The agency’s waiting list for the Pappy Van Winkle 20-year-old bourbon is also dwindling.

Released state by state in small batches, the elusive aged liquor made by Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky has garnered a passionate following. And Virginians have a chance to buy 3 kinds of the rare bourbon.