In the month that is usually the slowest for the PA Lottery, players did quite well in February.
PA Lottery players took home several prizes over $1 million from scratch-offs, Powerball and other draw games recently. Scratch-offs alone accounted for almost $200 million in PA Lottery prizes last month.
PA Lottery scratch-off returns $5 million
Scratch-off players claimed $197 million in prizes last month, according to the PA Lottery. That’s about average for February, but less than most other months.
The biggest news and quantity was the top prize of $5 million won by a player in Monroe County. That lucky player bought one of the two remaining winners on the $5 Million Money Maker. That game was PA’s first $50 ticket, released at the end of 2021 to celebrate the lottery’s 50th anniversary.
Weis Markets at 933 North 9th Street in Stroudsburg sold the winning ticket. The retailer was awarded a $10,000 bonus for making the sale.
Surprisingly, only one other scratch-off prize hit $1 million last month. A player in Wayne County hit that $1 million prize on Millionaire Bucks, a $20 ticket.
Tri-State Tobacco at 46 Wellwood Avenue in Hawley sold the winner and earned a $5,000 bonus.
A whole lot of $500,000 prizes contributed to the big numbers last month. Other notable prizes awarded were:
- Seven prizes of $500,000
- Three prizes of $250,000
- Seven prizes of $200,000
- Twelve prizes of $100,000
PA Lottery made Philly player a millionaire in March
Just this week, another lucky player won some cold cash. Winter might be winding down, but the $3 Million Snow Bank ticket was hot for a player in Philadelphia. The player claimed their $3 million top prize.
Sunny Cigarette at 6447 Sackett Street was rewarded with a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
$3 Million Snow Bank is a $30 ticket that still has some top prizes of $3 million remaining.
Don’t forget, all scratch-off prizes expire one year from the game’s end-sale date. Winners of any major prizes should immediately sign the back of their ticket and give the lottery a call at 1-800-692-7481.
PA players hit soaring draw game jackpots
The most recent Cash 5 with Quick Cash drawing to award the jackpot prize was on March 6. A single ticket matched all five numbers drawn, 2-3-5-25-27, to win $600,000 before taxes.
The winner might not yet be known. The ticket was sold at Stroud Smoke Shop, 1115 North 9th Street, in Stroudsburg.
PA Lottery’s draw games like Cash 5 do occasionally hit the $1 million mark, or higher. Just a month ago a PA Lottery player hit the jackpot for over $1.4 million. On Tuesday, Feb. 7, a ticket sold at a Sheetz store in Scranton matched all five balls drawn, 6-13-19-32-37, to win $1,483,407.50 before taxes.
Pennsylvania is on a roll with Powerball wins
Last month, after a player in Washington hit the big Powerball jackpot, PA tickets were winning big prizes.
The largest Powerball prize in PA last month was $2 million. A ticket sold in Cambria County for the Wednesday, Feb. 22 drawing matched the first five numbers drawn. The winning numbers were 11-19-39-44-65, Powerball 7. The Power Play ticket add-on multiplied the usual $1 million prize for matching five numbers.
Forest Hills Pharmacy at 552 Locust Street in Saint Michael sold the winning ticket and received a $10,000 bonus commission from the PA Lottery.
A ticket sold in Wayne County for the Feb. 11 drawing also matched the first five numbers and won $1 million. In all, four PA players won prizes of $100,000 or more last month.
So far in March, one player has hit $150,000 on Powerball in the state. That win happened on Saturday, March 4. A ticket sold in Lehigh County matched four of the five white balls, plus the red Powerball. The Power Play option came through again, tripling the usual $50,000 prize.
A 7-Eleven store, located at 5052 Cetronia Road in Wescosville, sold the winning ticket and earned a $500 bonus.
PA iLottery players also hit big jackpots
The PA Lottery’s online gaming platform, iLottery, features many instant games. Some of them offer progressive jackpots that continue to grow until someone wins them. The games work similar to online slot games offered by PA online casinos.
One such progressive jackpot got a winner this month. A player from Venango County hit the prize on Premier Jackpot, winning $268,312 before withholding.
Premier Jackpot is a connect-style instant game that features a chance to reveal multipliers and free games. Players have a chance at the game’s one progressive jackpot when they unlock the premier bonus game.
Another recent online win went to a player in Franklin County. That player won $125,973 playing Ca$tle Quest.
Ca$tle Quest is another connect-style game that features 10x prize multipliers and two different bonus games.
PA residents can play the lottery’s online games on a computer, tablet or mobile device. Online tickets are also available for Powerball, Mega Millions, Treasure Hunt, Cash4life, Match 6 Lotto and the PICK games.
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