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Winning numbers in raffle announced

Winning numbers in raffle announced

BOSTON -- It's been hyped all season, and on Friday, before the Red Sox-Orioles matchup, the 2008 World Series Ring Raffle came to an end, with 10 numbers drawn on Yawkey Way.

Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino and NESN broadcasters Jerry Remy and Don Orsillio drew nine numbers that will, upon verification, allow the owners to receive an authentic 2007 Red Sox World Series ring. The owner of the 10th number drawn will receive a Red Sox Special Edition Volvo C30.

Winners have until Thursday to verify their ticket to the Red Sox Foundation. The rings and the Volvo will be presented in a pregame ceremony before the Red Sox take on the New York Yankees on July 26.

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Volvo representatives will also be on hand to present the keys to the automobile, one of only 107 made by Volvo to commemorate the 107 victories the Red Sox recorded in 2007 en route to their second World Series title in three years.

The winning ring numbers are 038,212; 121,708; 121,479; 168,565; 000,100; 108,982; 013,013; 158,101; and 170,920.

The winning number for the Volvo is 128,609.

Proceeds from the raffle, which went directly to the Red Sox Foundation, totaled $1.35 million. The team held a similar raffle after the 2004 World Series win.

The raffle was open to Red Sox fans online, but due to federal and state laws, those sales were limited to Massachusetts residents 18 years and older. Tickets purchased in person were available to anyone. Fans from as far away as New Zealand, Japan and Iceland bought tickets.

"We are grateful to our fans for their generous support of this charitable raffle. Once again, their passion for the team is matched only by their compassion for children and families in need," chairman Tom Werner said in a statement.

"Our World Series raffle has generated millions of dollars in proceeds for the team's charitable programs," he added. "And we are indebted to our players for their generosity in sharing the coveted symbol of their success with loyal fans of Red Sox Nation to benefit the Red Sox Foundation."

More than 135,000 raffle tickets were sold in just 10 weeks, and more than twice as many were sold through in-person sales than were sold online.

The Red Sox Foundation is the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox. Its primary focus is serving the health, educational, recreational and social service needs of children and families in need across New England. Created by principal owner John Henry, Werner, Lucchino and their partners in 2002, the foundation has quickly become one of the largest team charities in Major League Baseball.

The cornerstone programs include The Jimmy Fund, Red Sox Scholars, RBI and Rookie League youth baseball, and the Dimock Center in Roxbury. The foundation also supports many other nonprofits serving youth and families in need in New England, with a principal focus on the Boston area.

The foundation was the first team charity in MLB history to raffle off World Series rings to raise funds.

Mark Remme is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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