PA Lottery Has Already Made Six New Millionaires In 2019

Pennsylvania Lottery’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle made four lucky Pennsylvanian’s millionaires. In fact, the Lottery made six millionaires in January.

Pennsylvania Lottery’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle made four (4!) lucky Pennsylvanians millionaires.

Lottery players should check their numbers if they purchased tickets at one of the following locations:

  • Country Fair, 18163 Conneaut Lake Road, Meadville, Crawford County
  • Smokin Joe’s, 28044 Route 267, Friendsville, Susquehanna County
  • Fast Fill, 24 Blakeslee Blvd., Lehighton, Carbon County
  • Wegmans, 201 Williams St., Williamsport, Lycoming County

The lucky ticket numbers are:

  • 00120648
  • 00140917
  • 00275426
  • 00359528

How to play Millionaire Raffle

Millionaire Raffle is simple to play. Lottery players purchase a raffle ticket for $20 from a PA lottery retailer. The PA Lottery randomly selects numbers from all the raffle tickets sold.

The PA Lottery limits sales to only 500,000 raffle tickets per drawing. The drawing happens when the last ticket sells, or after the sales deadline.

Overall, the raffle awards $5,089,200 to 6,000 raffle ticket holders. The overall chance of winning a prize are 1 in 83.33.

Here is the prize break down and the chances of winning:

PrizeNumber AwardedChances of Winning
$1,000,000 41 in 125,000
$100,00041 in 125,000
$1,000 1001 in 5,000
1005,8921 in 84.86

Additionally, leading up to the main drawing, the raffle drew eight weekly prizes of $100,000. A weekly winner was still eligible to win the $1,000,000 grand prize.

The most recent drawing was the 28th installment of the Millionaire Raffle. The Pennsylvania Lottery first debuted the Millionaire Raffle in 2005. Since then, the raffle has created more than 100 new Pennsylvania millionaires.

PA Lottery is busy making millionaires

Speaking of millionaires, Millionaire Raffle isn’t the only lottery game in town making Pennsylvanians richer.

Just after the New Year, Weis Markets in Duryea sold a Match 6 ticket worth $1.95 million. The winning lottery ticket holder has not come forward and like all lottery winners, has one year to do so.

A few days prior, during the New Year’s Day Mega Millions drawing, a Pennsylvania Lottery player soon realized they were holding a winning ticket worth $4 million.

The winning ticket included the $1 Megaplier and the drawing revealed the multiplier of four. That combination turned a $1 million ticket into $4 million — not a bad way to start the year.

That makes six brand new Pennsylvania millionaires in the first few weeks of January and nine since December. It’s no surprise lottery fever shows no signs of letting up, especially with bigger Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots making the news.

In fact, during the 2017-18 fiscal year, the Lottery sold more than $4.2 billion worth of lottery products and paid out a record $2.7 billion in prizes. No doubt, the expansion of online lottery offerings helped generate those massive numbers.

Want to try your luck at winning? You know what they say, “You can’t win if you don’t play.

Philadelphia And Pittsburgh Finally Get Their Sportsbook

SugarHouse Casino and Rivers Casino join Hollywood Casino in the Pennsylvania sports betting market, making it three PA sportsbooks.

The number of Pennsylvania sportsbooks tripled on Thursday. SugarHouse Casino and Rivers Casino join Hollywood Casino in the Pennsylvania sports betting market.

Rivers Casino was the first to announce the big news on their Twitter account, a full day before the official first bet.

SugarHouse, in contrast, waited until just before opening their doors before issuing its first statement on the highly anticipated development.

Considering both properties are owned by Rush Street Interactive, it’s not a surprise they both opened their betting windows on the same day. The news also marks the entry of a sportsbook in two of Pennsylvania’s most prominent cities: Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

It’s important to note that Pennsylvania regulations require an initial two-day test period for all new sportsbooks. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PCGB) will likely give the final approval on Saturday morning, provided everything goes smoothly.

SugarHouse Sportsbook

SugarHouse Casino adds a second state to its sports betting operations with its launch into the Philadelphia sports betting scene. The ceremonial first bet included six frequent customers stepping up to a window inside the temporary sportsbook at 2 p.m. Dec. 13.

Cheryl Duhon, general manager of Sugarhouse, shared in the excitement to the Inquirer.

“This city is very special and unique when it comes to sports and the fandom surrounding sports in this town. We’re honored to be the first in Philly to get this launched. Everyone has been chomping at the bit to get this going.”

Speaking of fandom, the Philadelphia Eagles are flying this weekend to the West Coast for their matchup with the Los Angeles Rams.

Even with the Eagles away, the sportsbook is likely to be the place-to-be for Sunday’s NFL game. However, look for things to be hopping for the first home game Dec. 23 against the Houston Texans.

Of course, SugarHouse is already operating in neighboring New Jersey. There are estimates that nearly 5 percent of wagers on PlaySugarHouse in New Jersey come from Pennsylvanians crossing the state border to place their bets. Now, Philadelphia sports bettors can stay closer to home.

Rivers Casino Sportsbook

On the other side of the state, in Pittsburgh Steelers‘ territory, Rivers Casino also accepted its first wagers at 2 p.m. to officially kick off Pittsburgh sports betting. Like SugarHouse, the first bets also came by way of a few local customers. Although, state legislators and Rivers officials took part in an official ribbon cutting.

Rivers gets to celebrate its first weekend in operation with their team playing at home. The Steelers face a fierce battle against the New England Patriots. Both teams will be playing to secure or improve their playoff position.

Bill Keena, general manager of Rivers Casino, provided a sneak peek to Trib Live of what the sportsbook will look like on game day.

“In this town, it’s going to be different because of the fact that when the Steelers win, you can just imagine the excitement that happens here on the gaming floor. When they score a touchdown, everybody yells and cheers. Take that 10 times in this sportsbook here.”

What about mobile sports betting?

Currently, regulators are focused on launching retail operations before adding online sports betting to the mix. The $10 million sports betting license fee includes an online sports betting license as well.

SugarHouse knows full well the power of mobile sports betting, where 68 percent of the New Jersey sports betting revenue in November came from online wagers.

No doubt, SugarHouse is ready to launch its online app as soon as it gets the approval to do so. Duhon would like to see online sports betting get off the ground sometime in the first quarter of the new year.

“The regulators want to let the dust clear with the land-based piece before starting online sports betting sometime next year,” said Duhon.

That means getting the additional four casinos still in line to launch their sportsbooks. Those casinos are:

Harrah’s Philadelphia and Parx Casino already received approval by the PGCB. On the other hand, Valley Forge and Presque Isle Downs are still waiting for their turn in front of the PGCB.

Whether land-based or online, Pennsylvania sports betting is gearing up for a very busy 2019.