Want Some Instant Sports Betting Action? Try Jackpot Parlays At SugarHouse And BetRivers

New PA sports bettors might not realize SugarHouse and BetRivers offer up Jackpot Parlay action for those who want a little money on a longshot big payout.

Learning sportsbook vernacular is something like picking up a foreign language on the fly. Except instead of asking “Parlez-vous français?” the question is more apt to be, “How do you place a parlay wager?”

Or, in the case of two PA online sports betting sites, “What’s a Jackpot Parlay?” 

So listen up, class, school’s in session with the sister Pennsylvania sites BetRivers and PlaySugarHouse as our virtual chalkboards.

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What is parlay betting?

Let’s start with the simple definition of a parlay.

A parlay bet is a single sports wager made simultaneously on the outcome of two or more teams winning.

The appeal of parlay betting is a larger payout than choosing a single team to win.

Larger payouts for a parlay make sense since picking an individual winner is difficult. Picking more than one winner is harder. But then the reward for winning is larger.

How does the Jackpot option work?

That brings us to Jackpot Parlays, which offer a quick and inexpensive way to get into multiple sports games wagering.

A Jackpot Parlay is the equivalent of a quick-pick lottery, but a quick-pick chance that’s also a sports bet.

A traditional parlay wager is made by a bettor picking two or more outcomes, and not necessarily in the same sport. That usually means an investment of time and research to craft your bet.

A Jackpot Parlay lays out the options for you, minus the time studying up.

The betting option from PlaySugarHouse and BetRivers automatically puts together the bet for you. These bets can range from three to eight legs.

There is an amount of instant gratification to these bets too. The sites allow you to choose from a selection of events happening in the next four hours or events happening in the next 24 hours. There are no multi-day Jackpot Parlays though.

These bets, which can cost users as little as $.10 can yield some massive paydays if you are lucky enough to hit every leg. Be aware though that the odds on Jackpot Parlays, just like lottery quick picks, are very long by design.

How to place a Jackpot Parlay

BetRivers Jackpot ParlayA graphic icon labeled “Jackpot Parlay” is on the Sports Betting section of SugarHouse and BetRivers mirror sites.

Start by clicking the “Bet Now” button. 

By default, the Jackpot Parlay selects a combination of eight randomly selected bet options. 

At the top of the screen, you can see the potential payout if all of the bets are winners.

If the selections suit you, then you can click on “Place Bets.” You can choose an amount to wager with Place Bets, too. The potential payout shows at the bottom of the screen. 

What are the Jackpot Parlay options?

SugarHouse Jackpot ParlayThe sites and their apps allow bettors some options. A bit of strategy can even come into play.

Here are the options:

  • Choose the sports you want to bet on.
  • Pick the time period for settling the bet. You can only wager on live events taking place within a 24-hour time frame.
  • Choose the number of bets you want to have in the Jackpot Parlay. Three is the minimum.
  • Pick the amount you want to bet, beginning at 10 cents.

You also have the option to remove one or more bets from the list by clicking on the “X.”

Recreational bettors are the target audience for Jackpot Parlays. These bets feature long odds but give someone who just wants a little money on the action something to root for, namely, the hope of a big payday.

Whole Hog: FanDuel Hopes 900-Pound Pig Brings In Sportsbook Bacon

FanDuel Sportsbook decided to roast itself with a new commercial featuring an enormous pig named Marley and details on PA launch.

Before we consider FanDuel‘s new ad rolling out its online sportsbook in Pennsylvania, think of the typical sportsbook TV ad you’ve seen before.

They tend to feature a handful of bros on a couch shouting at a televised sports event, amid a background of pizza boxes and empty snack bowls.

They rarely involve farm animals.

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FanDuel’s sportsbook ad based on strong hamwork

Now consider both the setting and the star for FanDuel’s new sportsbook rollout ad:

In a typical bowling alley, there’s a 900-pound pig named Marley and her owner on the cellphone:

Marley’s suave owner is basically a version of Rob Lowe-light, in a blue blazer with a pocket square. He is also placing sports bets with the FanDuel Sportsbook app on his cellphone. The sports teams showing on the screen vary by which PA TV market is airing the ad.

Fronting the seated owner is the whole hog, also seated.

The comic foils in the ad are an average suburban couple. They’re not too young, not too old, not too stylish, not too shabby, and they are bowling.

The woman skeptically asks the owner, “Can you do that here?”

That’s the set-up line for a message with a twist. Oblivious to the question’s aim, Marley’s owner explains he can bet anywhere in Pennsylvania now using FanDuel.

Promo ads usually hog the sportsbook market

Sow, what’s the big deal with this not-at-all boaring ad for FanDuel?

“It’s certainly a departure for us,” explained Steve Giraldi, FanDuel’s executive creative director.

The ad is a first of its type for FanDuel, aimed primarily at brand building, not details of betting or promo offers.

FanDuel already has some brand recognition in PA: The company offers the most successful retail and online sportsbooks in nearby New Jersey. And since March, it has operated a retail book at PA’s Valley Forge Casino Resort.

Giraldi calls the sportsbook space “extraordinarily crowded” with ads and competitors. As a result, Giraldi says the goal with his company’s hog wild ad is “disruption and distinction.”

“We were going for something off.”

But conventional promo ads and football-reference advertising, “product-centric” in Giraldi’s marketing-guy words, are in the pipeline for later.

Given FanDuel’s entrance into a new market bound to get more crowded, the company wants to initially offer a contrast to its competitors.

They also aim to build their brand’s recognition during the opening weeks.

Broadening the FanDuel customer pool

FanDuel’s aim with their opening ad campaign is “to broaden who we are speaking to,” adds Giraldi.

That means ads which might seem “big and sloppy” because they are not aimed just at younger male sports enthusiasts.

But that’s exactly the point.

As part of that broader target, the Marley ad is airing in the Philadelphia market during an entertainment news show, hardly a hotbed for recruiting traditional sports dudes, but fine for casting a wider net.

“That’s our media team intercepting all sorts of different folks. We wanted to open the aperture a bit of who we’re talking to.”

That said, there are ads planned “on a sliding scale” with varying degree of more in-depth details of sports wagering coming.

Is this FanDuel ad just hogwash?

Giraldi says the ad campaign is still in the early days, but, so far, FanDuel has gotten “nice notes back.”

But there still could be changes based on additional feedback.

“We slip and slide,” when a new campaign begins, per Giraldi. But that also means FanDuel can recalibrate if needed.

Giraldi says licensing Marley’s huge image was just too expensive for a billboard campaign, though there will be billboard ads as part of the introduction.

No matter where you live in Pennsylvania, Marley is playing.

FanDuel Spokesman Kevin Hennessy said,

“We have a robust television plan that will blanket the state of PA and we can’t wait for the people of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Scranton, Harrisburg and more to meet Marley.”

Marley on the casting couch?

Shooting the commercial, while it mentions PA once, took place in Los Angeles.

Two pigs were in the running for the starring role, according to Giraldi, who emphatically called Marley the star of the ad.

There was a 300-pound pig to consider. Then there was Marley, whose 900 pounds, an enormous image, is shown in the commercial just as it was in real life.

Of course, Giraldi chose Marley for the visual impact.

However, trundling the giant pig from her home on a Santa Barbara ranch to a set in LA presented a few issues. Mats had to be in place in the bowling alley because pig’s feet and smooth floors presented a bit of a pickle.

Also, Marley learned on the set how to sit; something pigs don’t naturally do. Unless the pig sat, she blotted out the seated actor. Giraldi said the actor spent a day hanging around the swine to establish a rapport before the shooting day.

“They’re not Sonny and Cher,” but they have chemistry.”

The Official Launch Of FanDuel Cements PA’s First iPhone Sports Betting App

The official launch of FanDuel Sportsbook in Pennsylvania means the state’s first iOS betting app is underway and good to go.

FanDuel Group has jumped into the Pennsylvania online sportsbook market with lessons learned from neighboring New Jersey, where they substantially lead the growing online and mobile market.

FanDuel partnered with Boyd Gaming. This deal gave FanDuel entree to Pennsylvania via Valley Forge Casino Resort in suburban Philadelphia. FanDuel and Boyd established a retail book back in March.

The newly launched online component of FanDuel in Pennsylvania essentially incorporates Pennsylvania customers into its existing New Jersey app.

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Two states, but just one app for FanDuel’s sportsbook

FanDuel is using their vetted and popular NJ app for PA bettors. The tested app allows bettors in the neighboring jurisdictions to go back and forth across borders without missing a beat.

Underscoring that, rather than opening a new account and setting up a separate PA bankroll, customers already signed up in NJ for FD’s sportsbook can easily log in while in PA.

After verifying their identity, they can immediately start betting without the annoyance of downloading a second app.

Likewise, there is no need for a second bankroll if a bettor already has one funded in NJ. The wallet is shared.

However, each jurisdiction has servers in each state to keep things kosher with state and federal laws.

Pennsylvania bets are subject to a 34% tax rate. But in New Jersey, online betting run by racetracks (FanDuel is licensed through The Meadowlands) are subject to a 14.25% tax rate.

The separate servers mean FanDuel can assure every transaction starts, ends, and doesn’t leave the state where the customer places a wager.

Apple-ready app opens the market to 47 percent of cell users on iPhone

In another real competitive leap, FanDuel’s app is available for Android, but also for iOS.

Unlike competitors so far thwarted by Apple rules about coding, FanDuel has the only iOS app available in the state.

Mike Raffensperger, CMO of FanDuel Group, is well aware of its advances:

We’re leveraging our expertise in creating world-class fantasy and sports betting experiences to build the best online sports betting platform in the state of Pennsylvania.

We became the number-one sports betting operator in New Jersey by focusing on the customer experience and we can’t wait for sports fans in Pennsylvania to join the party.

Promo for FanDuel Sportsbook in PA

New users who sign up for the book in Pennsylvania can get a risk-free bet of up to $500.

There is some fine print, of course, beginning with the restriction that it cannot be claimed again in PA if you already signed up for the same promotion in NJ.

Deposit options

The options to fund an account include:

  • Visa and MasterCard credit cards
  • PayPal
  • ACH (e-check)
  • Online bank transfer
  • FanDuel prepaid card
  • Cash at the cage
  • Check

Withdrawal options

  • ACH
  • Check
  • FanDuel prepaid
  • PayPal

Sports and betting options

FanDuel offers betting on all major sports leagues. Moreover, in Pennsylvania, you are able to wager on New Jersey college teams, which is something you can’t do in the Garden State.

The sportsbook also provides a wide range of in-game wagering.

Customer service is available 24/7.

BetAmerica Sportsbook Now Open At Presque Isle Downs & Casino

BetAmerica Sportsbook at Presque Isle Downs Casino in Erie is now open for betting, bringing the number of PA retail sportsbooks to nine.

Saddling up for the sportsbook race, Presque Isle Downs & Casino began a two-day soft launch of a new retail book in conjunction with BetAmerica.

The book opened for business from 4 p.m. to midnight on Wednesday and continues Thursday from 2 p.m. until midnight.

A full opening is expected to begin at noon Friday with the assent of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).

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Presque Isle plants the sportsbook flag

Presque Isle becomes only the second retail sportsbook in Western Pennsylvania. Rivers Pittsburgh, two hours south of Erie, is the only other retail book in the region.

BetAmerica Sportsbook at Presque Isle Downs will feature 50 kiosks, some within the sportsbook property, but also placed throughout the casino.

Presque Isle hoped to open the brick-and-mortar sportsbook in early June. But getting approval by the PGCB took longer than planned.

Presque Isle aiming for an online sportsbook presence

Still, opening the retail book at Presque Isle is the first step in the race, with sports betting wagers shifting dramatically to online options as they come online.

Regulators have, so far, only allowed operators with a physical sportsbook to launch online. Thus, an online operation should come next, but there is no announced timetable.

The online wagering market clearly motivated the $178.9 million purchase of Presque Isle facility by Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI). Churchhill Downs is the owner of the track, which hosts the Kentucky Derby and a portfolio of other gambling venues.

As CEO Bill Carstanjen explained in a first-quarter earnings call earlier this year:

In January, we completed the acquisition of Presque Isle Downs and Casino, an excellent brick-and-mortar facility, which also provides us an opportunity to launch our retail BetAmerica Sportsbook at the Casino and launch our BetAmerica online sportsbook and iGaming platform across the entire Pennsylvania market later this year.

Details and the NFL

The property first opened in February 2007; it operates approximately 1,600 slots, 32 table games and a poker room.

There are sports betting kiosks throughout, including:

  • The high-limit area
  • The nonsmoking area of the sportsbook
  • The Hub Center bar
  • Bar 90

The sportsbook’s celebratory opening hoopla begins at 4 p.m. Aug. 8.

That’s the official start date of the NFL preseason games with Pennsylvania’s cross-state rivals. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles are playing, but not against each other.

The Steelers will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home while the Eagles host the Tennessee Titans.

Rivals already online and on the ground

Competitors in PA’s online sports market already include Hollywood Casino, Parx Casino and SugarHouse Casino.

FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino online site launched earlier in the week.

Presque Isle became the ninth retail sportsbook in the state and two more, Mount Airy and Mohegan Sun Pocono, are in the pipeline.

SugarHouse Is Third PA Online Casino To Launch, But The Only One On iPhone

Now it’s a three-horse race with a powerful new entrant joining the market for online casino in Pennsylvania, with SugarHouse Casino getting into the fray.

Now it’s a three-horse race with a powerful new entrant joining the market for online casino in Pennsylvania.

SugarHouse online casino jumped in two days after the legal starting day of July 15, the day when Hollywood and Parx each launched online casinos.

While all three allow betting via Android devices, PC and Mac, none of them had an iOS app ready for the many Apple users.

That means they are all missing at least half of the mobile market. Apple is not allowing online gambling apps that are not built specifically for iOS.

But SugarHouse is offering a significant advantage: its users can sign up via a browser on an iPhone/iPad. This is not possible at Parx and Hollywood.

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SugarHouse, Hollywood and Parx all bring strengths and experience

Parx, Pennsylvania’s top revenue casino, competed head-to-head with Hollywood, during the opening day match-up. Hollywood has an experienced interactive partner, IGT, as its interactive partner.

Hollywood Casino, with a brick-and-mortar location in the lightly populated area north of Harrisburg, immediately expanded its reach to customers.

And Parx Casino asserted itself once again as a market leader by its early entry into online casino wagering in Pennsylvania.

SugarHouse, with an online sportsbook already launched, should make for interesting competition among the three, with more than half a dozen additional online casino options eventually joining in.

SugarHouse online casino joins sportsbook and other strengths

SugarHouse comes with several strengths, even beyond its new app.

SugarHouse Sportsbook PA was the first online sportsbook in Pennsylvania, and it experienced strong opening days. The book and the online casinos are all operated by Rush Street Gaming, which also has the BetRivers brand under its umbrella.

SugarHouse also already ready has an online casino in nearby New Jersey. And the new online casino will bear a strongly resembles its sister site, PlaySugarHouse NJ.

Rush Street owns Rivers Casino Pittsburgh, SugarHouse’s sister property. There are plans to rebrand all the elements under the name Rivers. Rush Street also operates Rivers-branded casinos in Illinois and upstate New York

To use the casino and sportsbook app, players must be within the state of Pennsylvania and be at least 21 years old. They will need to provide personal info verifying their identity. Geolocation technology will determine a player’s location.

SugarHouse online casino offerings

SugarHouse online casino will eventually feature a number of popular slots and table games, though only 22 slot games are available. In New Jersey, it offers more than 500 slots.

SugarHouse is offering a generous welcome bonus to new players of a 100% match on their first deposit, worth up to $250.

The bonus has a one-time wagering requirement. This feature is a huge win for players, as most online casinos have wagering requirements of 10 to 20 times.

This is the same offer the PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook is offering, but they cannot be combined.

Rewards and banking options for SugarHouse online casino players

Players at SugarHouse are eligible for the iRush Rewards program. Players earn loyalty points based on their play online and at SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia. They can use those points in the bonus store and access exclusive promotions and benefits.

SugarHouse’s online casino offers its players an extensive library of games from top providers. Slots are easy to navigate via a search barallowing players to filter by game type, game provider, popular games and featured games.

While SugarHouse has a license to offer online peer-to-peer poker products, there are no immediate plans to begin those games, which are less lucrative than slot offerings. But video poker should be available.

SugarHouse Casino offers a wide variety of banking options, making it easy to deposit and withdraw.

Players can use the following options:

  • ACH or e-check
  • SugarHouse Prepaid Card
  • Visa or Mastercard
  • PayNearMe (7-Eleven convenience stores)
  • Cash at the SugarHouse Casino cage in Philadelphia.

A check in the mail is a withdrawal option.

With FanDuel Tioga Downs Taking Bets In NY, Northern PA Has A New Sportsbook Option

PA bettors in northern Pennsylvania don’t have to drive too far to one of New York’s first retail sportsbooks, FanDuel Sportsbook at Tioga Downs.

A new FanDuel Sportsbook opens this week in New York State. Nonetheless, it is of interest to customers and the sports betting industry in Pennsylvania.

The book’s location borders Northern Pennsylvania, an area of the Keystone State without access to a brick-and-mortar sportsbook. It also marks the long-delayed launch of neighboring New York’s sports betting.

FanDuel Sportsbook at Tioga Downs Casino Resort formally opens Friday with a ceremonial wager at 2:30 p.m., but began its soft open on Wednesday afternoon.

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Sportsbook aims to appeal across borders and fill a void

The book there is managed by FanDuel in partnership with Tioga Downs.

Tioga’s owner also holds the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey, where FanDuel provides the retail sportsbook.

FanDuel also has an online and mobile book in New Jersey, which is not allowed under New York regulations. And FanDuel runs the book at Valley Forge Casino.

The closest retail sportsbook in Pennsylvania is in Hershey, more than 200 miles south of Tioga Downs, leaving the entire less-populated northern tier of the Keystone State without a brick-and-mortar sportsbook location.

Kevin Hennessy, the spokesman for FanDuel, said they see the new sportsbook location reaching Pennsylvania customers.

Scranton is 90 minutes away, Wilkes Barre a bit more, and there are many other smaller communities in Northeast corner of the Keystone State which FanDuel hopes to tap.

Four retail sportsbooks coming to New York, but no online betting

The Tioga County location is the second of four approved retail sportsbook locations in New York, all coupled with the Empire State’s four commercial casinos. Rivers Casino Schenectady took the first bets earlier this week.

The existing law from 2013 authorizes in-person betting at the four upstate casinos, but constitutional concerns over expanded gambling have so far kept mobile betting off the books.

The FanDuel location is just over the New York state line. There’s even a road named State Line in the host community of Nichols, a town of about 2,500.

Tioga Downs already offers gaming, a six-story hotel, a golf course, and harness racing. The three-year-old casino has 892 slot machines, 28 table games, and a six-table poker room.

The 2,600 square-foot sportsbook adjoins the resort, which sits between the Susquehanna River and the border of New York and Pennsylvania.

Details of the new book at Tioga Downs

The sportsbook facility features:

  • Seating for more than 50 customers
  • Eight betting windows
  • 14 self-service betting kiosks
  • 27 video displays

The wagering technology is provided by IGT PlayDigital, which serves as FanDuel’s sports betting platform provider at the Meadowlands, the largest East Coast sportsbook. Jeff Gural, Tioga Downs’ owner, also owns the Meadowlands.

The book at Tioga Downs will accept bets on all major professional US sports, including but not limited to :

  • MLB
  • NFL
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • MLS
  • PGA
  • NASCAR

With no college betting in NY, PA bettings app could be the answer

But New York gaming regulations prohibit bets on amateur athletics for teams located in the state, and also for college sporting events taking place in the state.

That means no wagers on popular college teams and venues such as Syracuse, Buffalo, Cornell, St. John’s, and Army.

However, a quick drive over to Pennsylvania and all sorts of college athletics wagering is available on both New York and Pennsylvania colleges.

There are currently three PA sports betting apps available for download in the Keystone State:

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As of Wednesday, BetRivers and Parx are available via browser for users on iPhones and iPads in addition to their Android apps. Parx is available on Android, but currently lacks an option for iOS customers.

Holllywood Online Casino Will Launch Alongside Parx On July 15

PA Gaming Control Board reps confirmed Hollywood Casino will be soft launching its PA online casino site on Monday, July 15.

Now we have a horse race: Hollywood Casino is jumping into the online casino race on July 15 along with Parx. That’s the first day allowed under Pennsylvania rules.

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) spokesperson Doug Harbach confirmed the launch to PlayPennsylvania.com on Wednesday.

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Hollywood to launch online casino the same day as Parx

Parx showed its hand earlier with a countdown clock on its home page ticking toward launch.

Now, both sites will soft-launch on Monday at 2 p.m. EST with live testing of their online casinos.

Hollywood partners include IGT, William Hill

Hollywood is something of a dark horse when it comes to the Pennsylvania online stakes.

While it is a horse track as well as a brick-and-mortar casino, it still does not have an online sportsbook app, even though it opened the first retail sportsbook in Pennsylvania. William Hill is developing its online sportsbook app.

Meanwhile, its interactive partner for the online casino launch is IGT, a major player in the online slot segment.

An online app will increase Hollywood’s reach

Hollywood’s location in a less densely populated area in Pennsylvania, a bit north of Harrisburg, means adding an online casino option should increase its market reach and grow revenues.

When the deal with IGT was announced in 2018, the companies said the alliance would provide “a full suite of digital gaming products, including the platform, and services” through HollywoodCasino.com.

Enrico Drago, an IGT senior vice president, promised:

Vast portfolio of proven digital solutions enables us to quickly address our customers’ needs across online gaming, sports betting and on-premise mobile gaming, IGT PlayDigital’s vast portfolio of proven digital solutions enables us to quickly address our customers’ needs across online gaming, sports betting and on-premise mobile gaming.

IGT is a global company with expertise in slots

IGT is in 100 countries and has 12,000 employees. The company is a significant player in the online slot games, which should align with Hollywood’s focus on slot entertainment.

Some of the most notable IGT slot titles are:

  • Wolf Run
  • Wheel of Fortune games
  • Cleopatra
  • Double Diamond
  • Golden Goddess
  • Elephant King

Penn National has grown enormously

Though it began as a small horse track, Penn National now operates 40 facilities in 18 jurisdictions. It has a focus on slots.

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course has 2,450 slot machines and 56 table games and offers live racing and simulcasting.

Did Good Karma Help A Woman Win Her Second Big PA Lottery Prize?

Perhaps Peggy Dodson’s good deed is what helped her win a second PA Lottery scratch-off jackpot prize worth $1 million to go with her initial $100,000 prize

Peggy Dodson’s daily habit of buying Pennsylvania Lottery tickets from the same store has paid off big twice, most recently a $1 million win in the Max-A-Million scratch-off game.

Two years ago, the 72-year-old Lancaster County resident stopped at Peterson’s Grocery Outlet in Peach Bottom to purchase a Scratch-Off called Family Feud, which paid out $100,000.

Even with two big wins, she has no plans to stop playing.

Still playing the lottery

“I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. But I love to play the lottery,” she told the Lancaster Online news site after winning on May 23, just before her husband’s birthday.

“I liked that ticket because of the color purple, so it was the first one (on the roll) and it was the million-dollar winner!” Dodson told lottery officials.

“I cried, I couldn’t help it. I just thank God. We’re going to pay our mortgage off, we’ll pay our truck off, and we’ll go to the Grand Canyon and Alaska!”

The odds of winning $1 million in Max-A-Million are 1 in 1,320,000, according to the Pennsylvania Lottery.

Beating long odds of the Lottery

Still, something more than odds might explain her wins.

Dodson’s winning way previously sounds as if that could explain her second big win. But statistically, that’s just not the case, a Harvard University professor cautioned.

“If someone already wins the lottery, then the chance that the person wins the lottery a second time will be exactly the same as the probability they win the lottery if they had not previously won the lottery before,” statistics professor Dr. Mark Glickman told CNBC Make It.

“In other words, having previously won the lottery does not improve or make less likely the chance of winning the lottery in the future.”

Dodson has followed the advice of most financial experts and took the lump sum payout, rather than taking multi-year annuity payments.

Like all lottery wins above $5,000, Dodson faces a minimum federal tax hit of 24% and Pennsylvania state taxes of roughly 3%.

More tickets mean slightly better odds

Because each game is independent, the only way to improve odds is by buying more tickets for each game. That’s still a huge longshot, Professor Lew Lefton, a faculty member at Georgia Tech’s School of Mathematics, explained to CNBC.

Dodson routinely bought multiple tickets. Lefton said investing more money in a higher number of tickets might not be worth the expense.

“My advice is don’t play the lottery and expect to win,” Lefton added. “You should only be willing to spend what you can afford to lose,” advice he offers on all gambling.

Karma of kindness?

Good karma may be a better explanation – even if statistics don’t take the intent of deeds into account.

While scratching off tickets at Peterson’s convenience store Dodson noticed a customer without enough money to pay for a soda, according to LancasterOnline.

Dodson paid a cashier the difference and went back to scratching –minutes before she won $1 million.