The Pennsylvania Lottery soft-launched its online lottery website this week, offering the first ever legal and regulated online gambling products available in the state.
State lawmakers authorized online lottery sales and online gambling as a part of a comprehensive gambling expansion package passed in October 2017.
The regulatory and licensing process for Pennsylvania online gambling is currently ongoing. The first PA online casino and online poker sites are likely to launch in the fourth quarter of 2018.
However, the Pennsylvania Lottery started online lottery sales on its new PAilottery.com website May 29. Real-money PA iLottery games are also available now on the Pennsylvania Lottery official mobile app.
Real-money PA iLottery games
Players can’t buy traditional scratch-off, Fast Play or draw game tickets like Powerball or Mega Millions online right now. These PA Lottery products remain available only at one of more than 9,400 lottery retailers across the state.
However, real-money PA iLottery games now available online include 11 instant win games. These are essentially digital scratch-offs with bonus rounds and other user customization features. PA iLottery instant win games start at $0.01 per round. Players must be 18 years or older to play online.
The instant win game titles now available include:
- Foxin’ Wins Reveal
- Super CashBuster
- Big Money Slingo
- Big Foot Reveal
- Crossword Cash
- Cash in the Lamp
- Super Gems
- Robin Hood Reveal
- Volcano Reveal
- Monster Wins Reveal
- CashBuster Towers
Free-to-play demos of all the games are also available on the website.
PA iLottery games are accessible on PC or Mac desktop or laptop computers. Plus, the games are available for most iPhone and iPad (iOS) or Android tablet or mobile device users through the PA Lottery official app.
All the games are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
How to play PA iLottery games
Players must sign up for a PA iLottery account, and fund that account, in order to play the games for real money.
Signing up for an account requires clicking the Sign-Up tab on the website. Then they create a username and password by entering various required personal information.
Making a deposit is a safe and secure process thanks to the PA Lottery using advanced security and encryption technology. This ensures secure transactions and protects player privacy.
The PA Lottery is promising to make other deposit methods available. However, the site is only accepting Visa and MasterCard Debit Card deposits at this time.
Players are free to purchase available PA iLottery products on the site once the account is funded. All prizes won will be paid directly into that same account.
At launch, the PA Lottery is offering a free $5 bonus to anyone who signs up for a PA iLottery account.
Players that sign up will see the bonus in their account immediately and can use it to start playing. The bonus does have a one-time playthrough requirement. This means no withdrawals until the $5 has been wagered. All winnings accrued while gambling with the bonus can be kept.
Players can track the bonus and progress on the one-time play through requirement under the My Account and My Bonuses tabs on the site.