The PA Lottery Scratch-Off Business Keeps Booming

Written By Marty Derbyshire on July 10, 2018
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It wasn’t quite the head-turning $181 million the Pennsylvania Lottery said it gave away in scratch-off ticket prizes in May. However, Pennsylvania Lottery players claimed more than $167 million in scratch-off prizes last month.

A press release sent out by the Pennsylvania Lottery this week says a whopping $167,335,899 was picked up by scratch-off winners in June, including two $1 million top prizes.

One $1 million winning ticket, for the Power Payday game, was purchased at a Lower Macungie Wawa store in Lehigh County. The other $1 million winning ticket, for the My First Million game, was bought at a Fairless Hills Pantry Food Mart in Bucks County.

Of course, there were other big prizes claimed across Pennsylvania in June, including:

  • Four $300,000 prizes
  • Two $150,000 prizes
  • Fourteen $100,000 prizes

PA Lottery winners’ list

The Pennsylvania Lottery posts a monthly winners’ list in the Winners section on its PA Lottery website. The list includes the names of players who have won $1,000 or more during the month.

PA Lottery scratch-off prizes range from a free up to $3 million. Information regarding the rules, prizes remaining and specific chances of winning for each scratch-off game are also available on the PA Lottery website. Plus, the overall chances of winning any prize is printed on the back of each ticket.

PA Lottery scratch-off prizes expire one year from a game’s end-sale date. These dates can also be found on the PA Lottery website. Players are advised to check tickets as soon as possible and immediately claim winnings to avoid any issues.

Where winning tickets will be sold is a mystery to the Pennsylvania Lottery, and its network of 9,400 retailers. This is because the PA Lottery employs a random distribution system.

Online instant win lottery games

In the meantime, the Pennsylvania Lottery launched a series of online instant win lottery games at the end of May that are similar to electronic versions of traditional scratch-off games. The games are available on the Lottery website and through the PA Lottery mobile app.

Pennsylvanians wagered approximately $21.6 million on the online games through June 30. Online lottery players have claimed $18.7 million in prizes.

The Pennsylvania Lottery directs all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. It is the only state lottery in the country to do this and has contributed $28 billion to fund these programs since ticket sales started in 1972. The programs include things like:

  • Property tax and rent rebates
  • Transportation
  • Care services
  • Prescription assistance
  • Local services including senior centers and meals
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Martin Derbyshire has more than ten years of experience reporting on the poker, online gambling, and land-based casino industries for a variety of publications including Bluff Magazine, PokerNews, and PokerListings. He has traveled extensively, attending tournaments and interviewing major players in the gambling world.

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