PA Lottery Now Offering Subscriptions To Popular Draw Games

Written By Brian Cross on February 2, 2023 - Last Updated on April 10, 2024
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A new feature available on the PA Lottery website and mobile app brings your tickets to you, automatically. The draw games subscription feature is the latest step in the lottery’s modernization efforts that aim to make lottery games more convenient for players.

With the PA Lottery’s new subscriptions feature, online players can make recurring purchases of draw game tickets, so they have every drawing covered. Subscriptions are available for Powerball, Mega Millions, Match 6 Lotto and Cash4Life.

Stephanie Weyant, the PA Lottery’s deputy executive director of products and marketing, told PlayPennsylvania:

“Players can purchase their favorite Draw games in advance and never have to worry about missing a drawing – it’s all about convenience. The lottery plans to add more subscriptions in the future.”

Here’s how to subscribe to your favorite PA Lottery draw game

To set up a new subscription from the PA Lottery mobile app or website, first navigate to the draw game you’d like to subscribe to, like the current Powerball drawing. Then follow these steps:

  1. Make your ticket selections
  2. Go to the Buy Now tab
  3. Click Yes next to “Or subscribe and never miss a drawing”
  4. Go to “Select Payment” to choose the payment method for subscriptions
  5. Click “Buy Now”

To manage your subscriptions, go to the My VIP menu and choose My Subscriptions.

How PA Lottery subscriptions differ from buying in advance

PA players could already buy tickets for future drawings online (and in stores). What’s different about the new subscription option is the automatic renewal of ticket purchases. The subscription period for Powerball and Mega Millions is four weeks, while for Match 6 Lotto and Cash4Life it is every week.

When you purchase a subscription, you’ll be charged for your ticket selections for the full subscription period, and you’ll receive all your plays at that time. Players will get an email reminder before the next subscription period. If you have an active subscription, your tickets will be purchased automatically for the next period.

Players have the same options for their tickets that they would find at a retailer. Players can play their own numbers or use quick pick to have random numbers chosen for them. Subscribers can choose to buy single or multiple tickets per drawing.

Subscriptions are the PA Lottery’s latest convenience update

In addition to the numerous online instant games available at PA’s iLottery, popular PA Lottery draw games have been available online for some time. The lottery launched Powerball, Mega Millions and Cash4Life online tickets in 2020, and added Match 6 and the PICK family of games last year.

When those games were added in 2022, PA Lottery’s executive director Drew Svitko commented. He said:

“This is another part of our modernization effort to help us responsibly generate funds that benefit older Pennsylvanians, while meeting our players where they already are, which is online.”

The PA Lottery’s new subscriptions feature is one more step in that direction.

PA iLottery players won big with online tickets last year

PA players hit at least six major prizes on tickets purchased online in 2022. That’s in addition to the many smaller prizes that the lottery doesn’t specifically highlight. The largest prizes won on online tickets last year include:

  • $4 million on a Mega Millions ticket sold for the Jan. 18 drawing
  • $150,000 on a Powerball ticket sold for the March 14 drawing
  • $100,000 on a Powerball ticket sold for the April 20 drawing
  • $200,000 on a Treasure Hunt ticket sold for the July 19 drawing
  • $100,000 on a Powerball ticket sold for the Aug. 6 drawing
  • $100,000 on a Powerball ticket sold for the Nov. 23 drawing

Major winners are reported at the PA Lottery website.

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Brian Cross contributes casino, sports betting and lottery coverage to PlayPennsylvania and PlayOhio. Brian studied Professional Writing and Journalism at the University of Cincinnati and has been a contributing writer at Cincinnati’s alt-weekly for over 10 years.

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