The PA Lottery reported that scratch-off winners claimed almost $192 million in prizes in June. One player won $1,000 a week for life, and two other tickets hit for $3 million each.
A number of other huge scratch-off prizes and other jackpots made June an exciting month for PA Lottery players.
Armstrong County winner will live easy after scratch-off win
You could say one lucky person in Armstrong County won the game of life when she hit the lottery last month. The PA Lottery presented a commemorative check to Tricia St. John after she won a prize with a cash value over $1 million playing the scratch-off The Game Of Life. St. John chose the annuity option, and will get $1,000 a week for life.
She told the PA Lottery, “I really like to play those ‘Life’ tickets. I’ve only ever won $1,000 before. It’s that chance. You never know!”
St. John works as a bartender, and said she has no plans to retire because of the win. Instead she and her husband will continue with their hobby of vintage dirt track car racing. Perhaps a new vintage car is in their future.
“Winning a prize this big means we can live a little easier,” added St. John.
St. John bought the winning ticket at Giant Eagle in Leechburg, Westmoreland County.
Top PA Lottery scratch-off prizes in June 2023
PA Lottery players in Bucks and Lackawanna counties hit the largest scratch-off prizes last month, both winning $3 million.
The Bucks County ticket was $3 Million Diamonds and Gold. That’s a $30 game offering top prizes of $3 million. The lucky winner bought their ticket at Speedway, located at 724 Street Road in Southampton.
Two players split the big prize won in Lackawanna County on the game $3 Million Xtreme Tripler – also a $30 ticket. Mount Cobb Travel Plaza, located in Lake Ariel, sold that ticket. Both retailers received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winners.
The aptly named $1,000,000 Game awarded a Washington County player the top prize of $1 million. SHOP ‘n SAVE at 125 West Beau Street sold that winning ticket.
Another called $1 Million? Seriously was no joke for the Allegheny County winner who hit the top prize of $1 million last month. The winner bought the ticket at Willy’s Beer & Beverage on Freeport Road in Cheswick. Those two retailers earned bonuses of $5,000.
Of course, thousands of smaller prizes made up the bulk of winnings last month, but some of largest were:
- Two prizes of $500,000
- Two prizes of $300,000
- Two prizes of $250,000
- Six prizes of $200,000
- Two prizes of $150,000
- Six prizes of $100,000
PA Lottery features 3 games that hit major jackpots in June
It was a great showing for several other PA Lottery games last month. Three separate games coincidentally had jackpots that hit for over $1.8 million. It’s somewhat rare for these games to reach that level, but even more remarkable that all three prizes were hit in one month.
A number of PA Lottery Fast Play games offer progressive jackpots, which gives them an exciting edge over traditional scratch-offs. The simply named Pennsylvania Progressive awarded its progressive top prize last month to a player in Pike County. Lakeview Plaza Market in Dingmans Ferry sold that ticket, and the winner got $1,877,894.50 before tax withholding.
Pennsylvania Progressive has a $30 price tag. The jackpot starts at $500,000, but it also offers lower prize levels just like scratch-offs.
The other two $1.8 million jackpots were won on two of the PA Lottery’s most popular draw games, Cash 5 and Match 6.
A Match 6 Lotto ticket sold in Warren County for the Tuesday, June 20 drawing matched all six numbers to win $1,860,000. Brokenstraw Beverage in Youngsville sold the winner.
Earlier in the month, a Cash 5 With Quick Cash ticket hit the jackpot on Tuesday, June 6. The Lackawanna County ticket, sold by Schultzville Deli in Clarks Summit is worth $1,809,531, less withholding. All three retailers enjoy a $10,000 bonus.
The PA Lottery never knows who won a prize until the ticket holder claims it and the ticket is validated. On draw games like Match 6 and Cash 5, the lottery does know where a winning ticket was sold, but the winner remains unknown until they claim the prize. Always check your tickets whether there was a jackpot winner or not. Many lower level prizes, and some major ones, are never claimed.
Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots are skyrocketing
The big multi-state games are in the spotlight right now, as both Powerball and Mega Millions prizes have shot past the $500 million mark.
Mega Millions is up to $560 million for Friday, July 14, with a cash value of $281.1 million before taxes.
Powerball currently has the largest jackpot up for grabs, at $875 million for the next drawing on Saturday, July 15. The cash value of the prize is estimated at $442 million, making it the third-largest Powerball jackpot in the game’s history. If no one wins it this week, it’ll cross $1 billion in no time.
Just last year a PA Lottery player won the Powerball jackpot on Aug. 3. The lucky winner took the cash option for $122.3 million. This month, we’ve already seen five Powerball tickets win between $100,00-$500,000.
PA Lottery players can get in on the action from the convenience of their mobile device, with online tickets at the PA iLottery. This year, PA’s online lottery also began offering ticket subscriptions to draw games like Powerball and Mega Millions so you never have to miss a drawing. With online tickets, you’re automatically notified if you win a prize.