Since the beginning of time, or at least the beginning of the EVE Online
universe, players have gambled their ISK for a chance to win it big in the BIG lottery
. First launching on May 13th 2003
, the BIG lottery has sold over 48,000 tickets worth a total of over 613 billion ISK. Each year, a special bumper edition of the game is launched to commemorate the birthday of
both EVE Online
and the BIG lottery, with CCP
donating some awesome prizes.
Last year's seventh anniversary lottery included
billions of ISK in prizes, including a free year of game time, a battleship model from the EVE
store, and more donated by CCP. This year's eighth anniversary lottery
has a similarly massive prize fund, with official prizes of 25 billion ISK and 10 billion ISK for the first and second place winners respectively. The EVE Online Hold'em poker league
has sponsored two additional prizes of 5 billion ISK and a full year of EVE
game time. To top things off, CCP will be giving each of the four winners a $50 gift certificate to be used in the EVE
Head over to the official forum thread
for details on how to enter the contest. Tickets must be purchased before Sunday 15th May, and the drawing will occur on Monday the 16th at 2:00 p.m. EDT (18:00 EVE
time) in the "BIG Games" in-game chat channel. Good luck to all those who enter!