In the first month of 2023, the PA Lottery has reported big wins in all the game categories it offers. A new $50 ticket already had a top prize winner, and progressive jackpot prizes are being snagged left and right.
Let’s have a look at some of this month’s most notable wins from inside the Keystone State.
A Philly player hit the largest PA Lottery scratch-off prize
In late December, the PA Lottery quietly released its second ever $50 scratch-off ticket called Five Million Fabulous Fortune. Less than two weeks into the new year, a player in South Philadelphia hit the first $5 million top prize on the ticket.
A 7-Eleven store at 2301 West Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia sold the winning ticket. The retailer gets a $10,000 bonus.
PA’s first $50 ticket was released last year to celebrate the Lottery’s 50th anniversary. The lottery released an additional quantity of that ticket, the $5 Million Money Maker, to meet player demand.
Five players in PA won $5 million prizes on that game last year. There are two more top prizes now available.
Who would have guessed that a scratch-off with a $50 price tag would be so popular?
Holiday scratchers are still giving reasons to celebrate
Holiday-themed tickets are still popular this time of year, and the king among them is We Wish You a Merry Million. The festive scratcher costs $20 and offers top prizes of $1 million. That ticket had two top prize winners claim their prizes this month.
One winner bought their ticket in Montgomery County at Wawa, on Bethlehem Pike in Flourtown.
The other $1 million winner found their luck in Blair County at Saji & Sharvan in Altoona. Both retailers earned a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning tickets.
We Wish You a Merry Millions has two top prizes remaining. The $30 holiday ticket called $3 Million Snow Bank has four of its $3 million top prizes remaining. The games were released on Oct. 25 and will be sold until all the top prizes are claimed.
One PA Lottery Fast Play game served up a fast million
A lottery player in Northampton County was taken by surprise when they bought a Fast $50 ticket on Jan. 14. The Fast Play ticket ended up being worth much more than $50 when the player landed a quick $1 million.
Fast $50 is a $20 game that promises lots of $50 prizes, but offers a progressive prize starting at $350,000. The progressive jackpot was up to $1.02 million when the lucky player hit it.
Chubby’s Food & Beer on Sullivan Trail in Easton got a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
The Fast $50 game is now closed, but several other Fast Play games offer progressive top prizes. Currently, the highest Fast Play prize is $1.06 million on the game Nest Egg.
Players can ask for Fast Play games by name at the counter at lottery retailers, or print them at a self-service vending terminal. Fast Play games print on demand, so there’s no need to scratch a ticket or wait for a drawing.
PA Lottery draw games awarded prizes over $1 million in January
PA’s popular draw games Cash 5 with Quick Cash and Match 6 both hit for over $1 million this month.
The New Years Day Cash 5 jackpot was up to $1,293,786 when a single ticket sold in Montgomery County matched all five numbers. The ticket was sold at Giant, located at 1201 Knapp Road in North Wales. The numbers drawn were 4-24-29-34-36.
On Jan. 12, the Match 6 drawing produced a big winner on a ticket sold in York County, at 7-Eleven on Limekiln Road in New Cumberland. The ticket matched all six winning numbers, 2-15-21-38-40-47, to win the $1.66 million jackpot prize.
The lottery only knows where the winning tickets were sold; They won’t know who won until the ticket holders claim their prizes.
Online PA iLottery players win from home or on the go
Fast Play and draw games aren’t the only PA Lottery games that offer progressive jackpots. Some online games at the PA iLottery also feature the ever-growing prizes, and work similarly to online slots. Online players hit some big wins this month.
Here are the top online prizes claimed in January:
- $272,352 on Stocking $tuffer Multiplier — Allegheny County
- $279,452 on Premier Jackpot — Lebanon County
- $158,674 on Treasure Chest Quest — Greene County
- $357,404 on Mine Blowing Jackpot — Franklin County