You forgot to get eggs at the grocery store. The milk slipped your mind during that trip to the convenience store.
“It’s no big deal,” you reassure yourself.
But later that night, a sinking feeling sets in when you realize it’s minutes away from the Mega Millions drawing, and you forgot to pick those up, too.
Now, Pennsylvanians have no reason to sprint to the store or break out in a cold sweat from fear mixed with possible regret.
Purchasing lottery tickets online in PA
Here are the requirements for purchasing Powerball and Mega Millions tickets online:
- You must be 18 or older and physically located in Pennsylvania to play for money and win prizes on the iLottery platform.
- If you do not have one already, you’ll need to sign up for iLottery account.
- New account holders are required to submit proof of identity and age securely.
Deposit options for PA Lottery:
- ACH (electronic check)
- Visa and Mastercard debit card
- Visa, Mastercard and Discover credit card
- PayPal (personal account)
- PA Lottery Play+
Players who purchase Powerball and Mega Millions tickets online will have the same choices as they would at a Lottery retailer. They can choose their own numbers or select the “quick pick” option to receive randomly selected numbers. Also, players can purchase multiple tickets and buy tickets up to 26 drawings (13 weeks) in advance.
After purchasing tickets, players can view their transaction history, which will include past and current drawings and plays.
How to access PA Lottery online
The Pennsylvania Lottery launched its iLottery platform in May 2018 with internet instant games.
On Jan. 17, the PA Lottery announced in a press release that those in Pennsylvania could now purchase Powerball and Mega Millions tickets through the same platform.
By signing up through our links above, you can receive $5 free to get you started. PA iLottery is accessible via desktop, mobile and tablet, both Apple and Android.
In addition to Powerball and Mega Millions, the iLottery platform also includes other games such as Keno, Prospector’s Gold, Pennsylvania Payout, and about sixty other titles.
Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko expressed excitement about selling Powerball and Mega Millions tickets online.
“Selling lottery online is a big part of our effort to appeal to new customers and meet our players where they already are — which is online. This is an important step that will help us continue generating funds to benefit older Pennsylvanians.”
He also urged players to participate responsibly and always within their means.
Features on the iLottery platform that promote responsible play include:
- Time limits, deposit limits and spend limits
- A “cool-off” break of up to 30 days
- The option to self-exclude entirely for one year or five years
Players can adjust one or more of these limits.
The Mega Millions jackpot is currently at $141 million, and the Powerball jackpot is up to $394 million. The next drawings for those will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.