If you haven’t heard, the Pennsylvania Lottery 50th Anniversary celebration is this month. In fact, they got a jump start on celebrating late last year with a special new Scratch-Off ticket and have lots more planned to celebrate this year. The next festivity to celebrate the anniversary is fast approaching.

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Pennsylvania Lottery 50th Anniversary Celebration & You’re Invited!

On Monday, March 7 the PA Lottery is hosting a live giveaway event on Facebook, broadcast from inside the Lottery’s museum room. The event will give viewers a rare look inside PA Lottery history, and features the Executive Director of the Lottery, Drew Svitko.

On Monday around 7:00 p.m. EST, you’ll be able to join the Facebook Live event via the Lottery’s Facebook Event Page. To be entered into the drawing for a chance to win $500 or other prizes, you’ll need to fill out a short survey located in the video description under the video. You’ll only be able to enter during the live event. The event will last about an hour.

Here’s the giveaway prize breakdown

The first five names drawn will receive prizes of $500 each. The next 20 winners will get a stack of 50 special promotional instant lottery game tickets called Big 50. Another 25 winners will receive a PA Lottery 50th Anniversary Merchandise Pack, which will contain some combination of the following items:

  • Bet Slip Holders
  • Scratcher Keychain
  • Magnet
  • Lucky Coin
  • Embroidered Twill Cap
  • Koozie Cup
  • Travel Mug
  • Grocery Tote
  • Hand Sanitizer

Anniversary celebrations abound

In December last year, the PA Lottery released their first-ever $50 Scratch-Off ticket in celebration of the golden anniversary. The $5 Million Money Maker touts the highest Top Prize of any PA Scratch-Off. In January, the first Top-Prize-winning ticket was sold in Bensalem, Bucks County. We’re excited to see what other celebrations the Lottery has planned for this year.

In a recent Lafleur’s quote of the week feature, Svitko talked about what players can look forward to in 2022.

“The Pennsylvania Lottery turns 50 in March and our modernization efforts are also underway. That includes new back- and front-office systems, replacing thousands of self-service terminals, and a lot of new tools to help us grow well into the future. We will grow our retailer network and keep providing a fun source of entertainment for our players, which helps us achieve our ultimate goal of generating proceeds for senior programs.”

Oh how the Lottery has changed

The PA Lottery was created by law in 1971 in order to fund programs for older Pennsylvanians. Ticket sales began in March of the next year. Those early days of simpler games like Super 6 have given way to even more exciting games featuring daily drawings, higher jackpots, and the ability to buy tickets and play games online.

You can play your lucky numbers on all your favorite games online at PA iLottery. That includes Powerball and Mega Millions as well as PA Lottery games. The newest online game is Electric 8’s.

Try it out today for free using the $20 free play bonus now being offered to new players. When you’re ready to deposit money to play, take advantage of the deposit match bonus up to $500.

Featured image credit: Gene Puskar – AP