Top 5 Pennsylvania Lottery Fast Play Jackpots So Far In 2022

The PA Lottery offers several Fast Play games that include progressive jackpots. Here are the top current winners in the state this year.

When a Lycoming County resident who plays the PA Lottery walked into a small-town convenience store earlier this month, they didn’t expect to walk out with a Fast Play ticket worth close to $1 million.

But luck was on their side that day, and the hefty prize landed a spot on our list of this year’s top five largest Fast Play jackpots in PA. It’s been a hot year so far for Fast Play prizes, so we’re taking a look at the top winners from the first half of the year.

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Top 5 PA Lottery Fast Play prizes of 2022

No. 1 Fast Play jackpot: $1.92 Million

Game: Top Dollar

Just last month, the largest Fast Play jackpot in PA Lottery history made headlines, when a player in Lackawanna County hit the $1.92 million prize. The winning ticket was sold on Saturday, May 28, in Carbondale.

Top Dollar’s Grand Prize had been growing since the last time a player hit the jackpot in June 2021 almost a full year. Lottery retailer Convenient Food Mart in Carbondale received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

No. 2 Fast Play jackpot: $1.25 million

Game: Jackpot Party

The second-highest Fast Play prize so far this year was claimed in January by lottery player Mary S., of Allegheny County. The $1.25 millionwinning Jackpot Party ticket was sold at a Sheetz store in Montgomery, Lycoming County. That retailer also earned a $10,000 bonus.

Jackpot Party is a $20 game with a progressive jackpot that starts at $300,000. The current prize is estimated near $650,000 at the time of this writing. Jackpot Party can also be played online at the PA iLottery. The game will close once the current jackpot is hit.

No. 3 Fast Play jackpot: $969,680

Game: Cash Stampede

The No. 3 jackpot went to an out-of-state player visiting Philadelphia. This game went almost exactly a year with no jackpot winner, giving the Grand Prize time to reach nearly $1 million.

Cash Stampede had a price of $10 and offered progressive top prizes starting at $100,000. That game is now closed.

Ryan P. of New York hit the Cash Stampede jackpot after buying the ticket at Sunoco on Walnut Lane in Philly. The retailer bonus was $5,000 for selling the winning ticket.

No. 4 Fast Play jackpot: $862,803

Game: Pennsylvania Progressive

This big prize hit in a small town and goes to show that crazy jackpot wins can happen to anyone. This winning ticket was sold on June 14 at Dandy Mini Mart in Jersey Shore, Lycoming County. The store received a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

A more expensive ticket, Pennsylvania Progressive costs $30, but offers progressive top prizes starting at a whopping $500,000! It’s a newer game, so it will be on sale until two more players hit the top prize.

No. 5 Fast Play jackpot: $785,032

Game: Blank Check

Last on the list is the $785,000 jackpot hit on the game Blank Check on May 25 in Delaware County. Blank Check had a history of great jackpots, with the first one climbing over $1 million when it was hit in 2020. The second one was nearly as large as this Delaware County winner’s prize from May.

The Wawa store where the ticket was sold in Folcroft received a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. Blank Check was a $20 game that offered progressive top prizes starting at $200,000. That game is now closed.

What exactly are PA Lottery Fast Play games?

As far as game rules, Fast Play games are played just like scratch-offs. The big difference is that Fast Play tickets are printed right when you buy them, and there’s no need to scratch anything.

Similar to scratch-offs, you might have a set of your numbers and a set of winning numbers to match up in order to win a prize. Another game style familiar to scratch-off players is the connect-style game, where you hope to match a row of identical symbols in order to win the associated prize.

You can ask for them at any PA Lottery retailer, or get them online with the PA iLottery.

Another difference between scratchers and Fast Play is that some Fast Play top prizes continue to pile up as tickets are sold. This is what’s known as a progressive jackpot.

Progressive jackpots are typically offered on draw games, where tickets are sold between drawings, driving the jackpot prize higher and higher. But with Fast Play, you don’t have to wait for a drawing to see if you’ve won.

How it feels to win the PA Lottery

While many of the winners on this list either haven’t claimed their prize yet, or have chosen to stay under the radar, the PA Lottery highlights some winners on its website. A Fast Play winner from last year recently shared her experience.

Marilyn D. of Bucks County won over $1.29 million on a Diamond Mine ticket she purchased at a local Wawa. She didn’t believe her eyes when she saw the matching numbers. Hilariously, her first instinct was to get out of there.

“My initial instinct, when I saw the numbers come up, put me into flight or flight mode – I threw the ticket in my purse and I ran out the door,” she recounted.

She got her son on the phone to tell him the big news. She said, “My heart was racing, my legs felt weak, that’s when he told me to sit down. I was so excited, I danced down the street!”

Things have since calmed down for Marilyn and her family, as they’ve started to put the money to good use for typical things like retirement and a vacation.

“I don’t think it’s hit us yet. Right now, we just want to realize it all for a minute, it’s really incredible.”

Incredible, yes. But lottery dreams do come true for some, like the big winners on this list. In fact, in the previous fiscal year, the PA Lottery paid out a record $3.5 billion in prizes to players of traditional lottery games.

PA Lottery Fast Play games aren’t a bad way to take your chance for a piece of the pie.

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Top 5 Largest Pennsylvania Lottery Jackpots Of All Time

The Keystone State has witnessed many impressive jackpots through its PA Lottery, including winners in both the Powerball and Mega Millions.

The PA Lottery’s single largest jackpot of all time still lingers in recent memory. In May of 2021, a single ticket sold in Levittown hit the huge Mega Millions prize that would become the largest jackpot ever hit in PA.

The top five PA jackpots have some things in common. For one, they all came from the multi-state draw games. These games are harder to win than PA-only games, but with many more players chipping in toward the top prize, the payoffs can be astronomical.

Here are the top five PA Lottery jackpots of all time. We’ve omitted top prizes that were hit by more than one ticket and were therefore split by multiple winners in different states.

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Top PA Lottery jackpots

No. 1 lottery jackpot: $516 million

Even though the winners of this prize took the cash option of $349.3 million before taxes, it’s still the largest prize ever won in PA. A group of five individuals in Bucks County went in on the single ticket that hit the Mega Millions jackpot on May 21, 2021.

It was the third Mega Millions Top Prize won so far in PA. The winning group formed a trust to accept the prize money, in order to keep their identities under the radar.

No. 2 lottery jackpot: $456.7 million

A single Powerball ticket hit this big win on March 17, 2018. At that time, it was the highest jackpot ever awarded in the state. Sold at a Speedway station in Manheim, Lancaster County, it was the state’s 18th Powerball jackpot win.

This winner also took the cash option, and formed a trust to protect their identity. Before taxes, they enjoyed a pay day of $273.9 million.

No. 3 lottery jackpot: $213.2 million

Let’s hop in the way-back machine for this one. Back in 2004, an out-of-state couple crossed the border to buy Powerball tickets for the May 8 drawing. With Powerball not yet available in their home state of New Jersey, Steve & Kristine White made a special stop in the Keystone State to take a swing at what would turn out to be the largest jackpot hit in PA up to that point.

No. 4 lottery jackpot: $172.7 million

A group of 48 (yes, 48!) co-workers at SEPTA in Philadelphia hit this Powerball jackpot on April 25, 2012. The employees of the regional transit authority in Center City opted for the lump-sum cash payout of $107 million. Slicing that big pie into a lot of pieces left each member with about $2.4 million before taxes.

No. 5 lottery jackpot: $171.4 million

This was the second-highest jackpot hit in PA in 2004 (see above), and the third out of four Powerball jackpots that would be hit in PA that year. The three-person group that bought the single winning ticket formed a trust to claim the cash prize of $93.4 million.

What game has more big winners?

You might have noticed most of the top jackpots in the state of Pennsylvania came from Powerball tickets. There have been 18 Powerball jackpot winners in the state of Pennsylvania since the game debuted in 2002. PA has only seen three Mega Millions jackpot winners.

The most obvious reason for this disparity is that Powerball has been sold in PA for eight years longer than Mega Millions, which debuted here in 2010. Since 2010, there have been five Powerball jackpot winners in the state. Only two of those made the list.

Online tickets offer a chance at the same huge jackpot prizes

Tickets sold online make up only a small portion of overall ticket sales. While no one has hit a Mega Millions or Powerball jackpot with an online ticket yet, you have the same chances at winning when buying online that you do when you buy at a retailer.

The largest online prize won so far at the PA iLottery was $4 million on a Mega Millions ticket that matched the first five balls in the Jan. 18 drawing. The race is on to see who will be the first jackpot winner to buy their ticket online.

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One Year In: PA Lottery Cash 5’s Quick Cash Addition Pays Off

With traditional Cash 5 sales declining, the PA Lottery decided it was time to refresh some of the PA Lottery draw games and it worked.

Cash 5 with Quick Cash recently hit its first major milestone: It’s been one year since the PA Lottery added the instant win component to the daily draw game. Quick Cash is a separate instant win ticket that prints out with every Cash 5 ticket purchased, offering a chance to win a prize of $2 or $6 instantly.

To come up with the new concept, the PA Lottery worked with Scientific Games, a third-party lottery game developer that works with various lottery jurisdictions, helping them create and tailor PA Lottery games to meet their needs and requirements.

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At a time when trends showed terminal-based instant games gaining steam and Cash 5 sales declining, the PA Lottery decided it was time to refresh the traditional PA Lottery draw games.

The verdict? Sales of the game increased 52% in the first year after the Quick Cash addition.

Lottery industry magazine LaFleur’s recently talked with Leslie Badger, VP of Lottery Content at Scientific Games. Badger worked with the PA Lottery’s product team, and explains more about revamping the game:

“Cash 5 has been around since 1992 in Pennsylvania. It’s an important staple in most lotteries’ draw game portfolios, and there have been tweaks and matrix changes to invigorate the product over the years. One thing we know for sure is that [players] all value the instant win experience.”

Some states that have added an instant win offer to their Cash 5 game have made it optional. For example, a $1 base ticket with the option to pay another $1 for the instant game. The PA Lottery chose to include Quick Cash with all Cash 5 tickets at a price point of $2. To add value, the Lottery also raised the starting jackpot from $125,000 to $150,000.

This PA Lottery game update was a game changer

PA Lottery’s Director of Product Development Kara Sparks explained to LaFleur, “We listened to our players and we heard what they wanted: more chances to win and higher jackpots.”

And it seems like they were on to something. The game performed incredibly well after the change. Sparks continued, “We anticipated a 20% increase in sales. Cash 5 with Quick Cash exceeded our expectations.”

Any increase in Lottery revenue means more money goes to fund benefits and social programs that benefit older Pennsylvanians. In the 2020-21 fiscal year, the Pennsylvania Lottery generated $1.3 billion to benefit seniors in the state. In addition, traditional game-winners took home a record of more than $3.5 billion in prizes.

iLottery Adds Draw Games And New Instant Games For PA Players

More draw games are now available for purchase online, thanks to the PA Lottery’s ongoing efforts towards modernization and convenience

More PA Lottery draw games are now available for purchase online, thanks to the PA Lottery’s ongoing efforts towards modernization and convenience for lottery players.

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PA residents can now play the PICK family of games and Match 6 at PA’s iLottery, in addition to the games already offered.

Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko called the move a “no-brainer” in a press release, adding, “This is another important step that will help the Pennsylvania Lottery further diversify its portfolio of products and continue generating funds to benefit older Pennsylvanians.”

The Lottery plans to make all its draw games available online in the near future.

Powerball and Mega Million tickets have been available online in PA since 2018. The only PA Lottery draw games available online until now were Treasure Hunt and Cash4Life.

For a more interactive experience, try the new online instant win games

PA’s iLottery takes advantage of secure online technology to offer instant games that feature an animated graphic interface. New games are added frequently, often with a seasonal theme. Players can choose to wager as little as 5-10 cents per play on some games. At iLottery, most prizes are paid directly to your player account and can be withdrawn using a variety of methods.

A roundup of the newest online games

Max Money Multiplier is a new match-style game that works like a cross between a video slot machine and an online Scratch-Off ticket. This game features chances to multiply your prize up to 5x, and the chance to unlock a bonus game for more chances at winning.

Players choose how many lines to play and win if any line reveals three matching symbols. Your prize is multiplied if you reveal a 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x symbol on a winning line.

For players who like a little variety, 50 Years of Scratch is the new game that features four games in one. Commemorating the Lottery’s 50th Anniversary, these games are throw-back-style games that will feel familiar to players of traditional Scratch-Off tickets.

PA Lottery Draw Game Features

Each game features a simple play grid that players virtually “scratch” off. The four games under the 50 Years of Scratch umbrella include:

  • Tic-Tac-Twos – Win a prize by revealing three 2 symbols in a row, tic-tac-toe style.
  • Lucky Stars 7 – Win by revealing a star symbol. Multiply your prize by revealing a 7.
  • Instant Game – Reveal a set of Your Numbers, and match the Winning Numbers.
  • Double Dollars – Reveal 12 symbols representing prize amounts, and win if you reveal three like amounts. Double the prize if you match two amounts and a $$ symbol.

Another new game, Double Jackpots, is unique in that it features two progressive jackpot prizes that continue to grow until someone wins them. Players have to unlock the Bonus Jackpot Games while playing the main game for a chance to win the elusive prizes.

In the main game, reveal a set of five Your Numbers and a set of Winning Numbers. If any of Your Numbers match a Winning Number, you win the prize amount under that number. This game also features prize multipliers up to 10x.

To unlock the Bonus Jackpot Games, collect three gold coin symbols or three diamond symbols.

iLottery makes it easy to play responsibly

At iLottery, you’re in total control with variable wager amounts and the ability to set limits on your play. You can set a deposit limit, a spend/loss limit and even a time limit on your online play. If you need a longer break to ensure responsible play, you can enjoy a cool-off period for a few days, or self-exclude for a long while. These options lock your account until your set time limit expires.

PA Lottery Serves up New Second Chance Drawing and New Winners

PA Lottery Second Chance Drawings offer players another chance to be winners by submitting their non-winning lottery tickets.

There’s lots of news to report in the realm of the PA Lottery’s Second Chance Drawings at the moment. Second Chance Drawings are the bonus drawings that offer players another chance of winning big bucks by submitting their non-winning lottery tickets.

You don’t have to pick numbers, and there’s no set odds. It works just like a raffle; The more tickets you enter, the better chance you have of winning.

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The newest drawing will make it rain

First off, the latest drawing has just opened for entries, and you’re going to like the prizes it offers. The annual Spring drawing, this year called Raining Riches is accepting entries until May 12. Unlike the recent drawings, no PA Lottery Scratch-Offs or Fast Play games are eligible for this one; it’s all draw games this time around.

You can enter tickets from the following games, whether they have already won a prize or not. The eligible games are PICK 2, PICK 3, PICK 4, PICK 5, Treasure Hunt, Cash 5 with Quick Cash, Match 6 Lotto, Cash4Life, Powerball, Mega Millions and even Keno. One caveat: You must have purchased the tickets at a Lottery retailer; tickets purchased online are not eligible. Complete rules and other information is available at PALottery.com

PA Lottery Winners – About those prizes…

The Raining Riches Second Chance Drawing will award a single

  • Top Prize of $100,000
  • Two prizes of $50,000
  • Five prizes of $10,000
  • 10 prizes of $5,000
  • 50 prizes of $100 to play online

That’s a total of $305,000 in prizes!

To enter tickets into a Second Chance Drawing, sign up on the PA Lottery’s official iLottery site. The drawings are a feature of the VIP Players Club. Once you join, you can enter your eligible tickets through the site or the mobile app.

Where to find the Winners lists for recent drawings

The long awaited The Wizard Of OZ drawing is coming up just next week. There are even more prizes to be awarded in this drawing, with two prizes of $50,000 topping the list. The prize totals are $200,000 in cash prizes and $10,000 to play online.

Originally scheduled for April 5, the PA Lottery has updated the drawing date to Thursday, April 7. To see if you’ll be taking home a piece of the pie, see the list of winners on Thursday. Entries are no longer being accepted for The Wizard Of Oz Second Chance Drawing.

And, in case you missed it, the drawing winners for the Loads of Luck Second Chance Drawing were announced earlier this week. You can see that list of winners here. Congratulations to the following winners of the $17,000 Top Prizes in that drawing:

  • Paula S. – Mckean, PA
  • Wedwood R. – Philadelphia, PA
  • Aggie B. – Erie, PA
  • Devin C. – Butler, PA
  • Dawn L. – Chester, PA
  • Judith L. – Bucks, PA
  • Joanne H. – Crawford, PA
  • Lynn B. – Delaware, PA

Stay up to date on the latest drawings and winners

The PA Lottery publishes the rules and complete details for every new Second Chance Drawing, including entry deadlines, drawing dates and winners lists.

The PA Lottery Pulls In A Lot Of Cash. But Where Does It All Go?

In the most recent fiscal year, 23% of the PA Lottery revenue funded senior citizen programs. So, what happens with the rest of the money?

You may already know that PA lottery revenue proceeds are used to fund programs that benefit senior citizens in the state. But in the most recent fiscal year, only 23% of the total revenue went to fund those benefits. So, what happens with the rest of the money?

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The PA Lottery earmarks some for the playerspa lottery revenue

While we can all feel good about the Lottery’s mission to assist older residents, probably the main reason we play the lottery is for the chance to win a big prize ourselves. The PA Lottery delivers in this regard. After all, without the potential of crazy good payouts, there’d be nothing to get excited about. And without excited lottery players, there’d be no lottery profits.

Therefore, it shouldn’t surprise you that the biggest chunk of Lottery earnings goes towards prize winnings for players like you and me. In fact, in the 2020-2021 fiscal year, just under 67 percent of Lottery sales went back to players in the form of prizes.

In that year, there were 97 winning tickets in PA that paid prizes of $1 million or more. And of course, there are almost countless smaller prizes paid out every day.

A little action for the dealer

If you’re keeping track, that still leaves another 10% of lottery proceeds to account for. The next largest portion goes to Lottery retailers in the form of commissions and bonuses. Retailers earn a small percentage for every ticket they sell, and receive a bonus when they sell a ticket that wins a major prize.

That usually adds up to about 8% of the total Lottery budget. With more than 9,600 retailers in the state, the Lottery paid over $329 million in commissions and bonuses in the last fiscal year.

PA communities win in the end

The smallest amount, around 2% of the PA Lottery revenue, is used to keep the whole thing going. That amount goes to the Lottery’s operating expenses. As you can see, almost all of the money raised goes back into the hands of PA residents and communities: lottery winners, local retailers, and the organizations that provide the important services seniors rely on.

Playing the lottery can be a meaningful way to contribute to your community while having a little fun. If you’re ready to do just that and maybe get a little somethin’ for yourself out of it, try PA Online Lottery today. The proceeds are distributed in the same manner as a traditional lottery and you can play most of your favorite traditional lottery games. Additionally, try the fun online-only instant win games. Sign up now and you’ll receive a $20 Free Play bonus and a deposit match bonus up to $500.

 

You’re Invited: PA Lottery Hosts 50th Anniversary Giveaway Event on Facebook Live

The Pennsylvania Lottery 50th Anniversary celebration kicks off with a live giveaway event on Facebook, from inside the Lottery’s museum room.

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.


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Lottery Let You Down? These Tickets Offer Another Chance At Winning

Some PA Lottery scratcher tickets come with an additional chance to win (Second Chance Drawings), and it doesn’t cost you anything extra.

Any game of chance has its share of disappointing moments, like excitedly scratching off a lottery ticket only to win no prize at all. But don’t throw away those non-winning tickets just yet. Some PA Lottery scratcher tickets come with an additional chance to win a big payday, and it doesn’t cost you anything extra.

The PA Lottery often runs promotional Second-Chance Drawings, offering you a chance to win cash or other prizes. All it takes to enter is a non-winning ticket. Simply enter your ticket’s serial number at the PA Online Lottery Players Club. You’ll need to sign up for PA’s official iLottery first.

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Only certain tickets are eligible for these drawings, including holiday-themed Scratch-Offs and Fast Play games.

Currently, through March 17, St. Patrick’s Day-themed tickets can be entered into the Loads of Luck promotion. There are separate prize pools for Scratch-Offs and Fast Play entries, with a total of $260,000 in prizes to be given away.

The eligible Scratch-Off tickets are Four Leaf Fortune, Leprechaun Loot, and Shamrock Green Scratch-Offs. Players who enter these tickets have a chance to win one of

  • 5 top prizes of $17,000
  • 5 prizes of $10,000
  • 17 prizes of $1,000
  • 50 prizes of $100 to play online.

The eligible Fast Play tickets are End of the Rainbow, Pot of Gold, and Cash Clover.

Entering these tickets gives you a chance to win the same prize amounts, but only three of the top two prizes are up for grabs in the Fast Play drawing. For each $1 the ticket originally costs, you get one entry into the drawing. For example, a $5 ticket gets you five entries!

Wizard Of Oz Second Chance Drawings

Two other games are eligible for a second chance in The Wizard Of Oz Second Chance Drawing. THE WIZARD OF OZ Scratch-Off ticket earns you 10 entries into this one, which offers up a total of $185,000 in prizes. Prizes to be given away are:

  • 1 top prize of $50,000
  • 10 prizes of $5,000
  • 50 prizes of $100 to play online.

THE WIZARD OF OZ Fast Play tickets are worth 20 entries into the drawing, offering a chance to win one of these prizes:

  • one top prize of $50,000, one of
  • five prizes of $5,000, and one of
  • 50 prizes of $100 to play online.

Second Chance Drawings are just one of many benefits you’ll find at PA Online Lottery. Play your favorite PA Lottery games and online instant win games. Most prizes are paid directly to your player account and can be cashed out at your convenience. Sign up now to receive a $20 free play bonus to try your luck on the site. When you deposit money to play, you’ll also get a deposit match bonus up to $500.

Mega Millions Jackpot Hit in CA Follows a Long Trend of January Wins

January has long been a hot month for Mega Millions Top Prize wins, and this year is no exception. Here are the top jackpots of the month…

If you don’t have a New Year’s tradition for bringing luck and good fortune, you might want to start a new one: kick off the year by playing your lucky numbers on a Mega Millions ticket. January has long been a hot month for Mega Millions Top Prize lottery wins, and this year is no exception. A ticket sold in CA hit the $426 million jackpot on Friday, Jan. 28. The cash value of that prize is a still-impressive $292.9 million before taxes.

Friday’s Woodland Hills, CA winner continues the trend started in 2005 by Margaret Jones of GA who hit the $131 million jackpot on Jan. 18 that year. In the 17 years since 18 other Mega Millions players have taken the Top Prize in the month of January.

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They can’t all be winners

The only year since 2005 that didn’t see a January winner was – somehow not surprisingly – 2020. The next year picked up the slack though, when a lottery club in MI hit the second-highest ever Mega Millions prize of $1.05 billion. 2011 and 2009 saw two Top Prize winners each. In 2011, two players split the $380 million prize won on Jan. 4, and in 2009 there were two big winners within two weeks of each other.

The latest January jackpot prize came just short of cracking the list of the top 10 highest for Mega Millions. $451 million was the number to beat, which was – you guessed it – another New Year jackpot hit in January of 2018.

One PA county enjoys a streak of their own

Another lucky streak is garnering attention in PA. Lottery players in Bucks County have recently hit three major prizes over $1 million in the space of eight days.

On Jan. 20, a Powerball ticket sold at Wegman’s in Warrington won the second-tier prize after matching all five white balls. That ticket won the player $2 million instead of the usual $1 million because they added the $1 Power Play option to their ticket.

Another player won the first-ever Top Prize on PA Lottery’s new $5 Million Money Maker Scratch-Off, after ponying up $50 for the ticket at a Wawa in Bensalem. It’s a good thing they did, because they’ll receive a $5 million windfall for taking that leap of faith.

And a Bucks County player also hit the jackpot on PA’s Cash 5 with Quick Cash game on Jan. 27. The Grand Prize for the daily draw game was up to $1.85 million when they picked all five numbers correctly at Five Brothers Produce Market in Bristol.

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