RANGELEY, Maine — Wildlife officials say next year’s moose hunting lottery will be held in the small western Maine town of Rangeley.

Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife commissioner Chandler Woodcock made the announcement Thursday.

Since 1999, the moose lottery drawing has been held at different locations around Maine, including Millinocket, Boothbay Harbor, Old Town, Bucksport, Scarborough, Presque Isle, Rumford, Phippsburg, Kittery, Fort Kent and Freeport.

This year’s lottery was held last weekend at Cabela’s fishing, hunting and outdoors outfitter store in Scarborough. Nearly 50,000 people entered this year’s lottery for a shot at the 3,862 permits that were available.