New year, new record. HUGE PA Lottery online jackpot winner.
The PA Lottery announced Wednesday that a player in Luzerne County recently won its largest online prize ever, cashing in on a Mega Millions drawing for a massive $4 million jackpot.
The ticket matched all five white balls drawn, 4-19-39-42-52, but not the yellow Mega Ball, 9, to win the $4 million prize, minus applicable withholding.
The player reaped the rewards of the $1 Megaplier option, which boosted the prize to $4 million instead of $1 million because the multiplier drawn was four.
In total, more than 35,600 other PA Lottery Mega Millions tickets won prizes of various amounts in the drawing. Furthermore, more than 8,600 tickets purchased with Megaplier were winners, boosting the prize totals of those winning tickets.
PA Lottery continues to pay dividends for its players
The recent wins continue a hot streak for PA lottery players. In December, scratch-off lottery players won a total of more than $223 million, including two jackpots of $1 million each.
The PA Lottery also released its first-ever $50 scratch-off ticket, which has a maximum prize of $5 million.
Online lottery games are a perfect fit for PA weather
With winter weather arriving in Pennsylvania, many players may choose to play PA lottery games from the comfort of home.
Fortunately, the Pennsylvania Lottery has numerous online PA Lottery offerings that can be played on a computer, tablet, or mobile device.
Online players can purchase Powerball, Mega Millions, Treasure Hunt, and Cash4life tickets at palottery.com or by using the Lottery’s Official App.
There are also a variety of other online games, including a Team USA game, that seems like a perfect fit for the Winter Olympics, which begin on February 4th.
That game is a number-style match game with a multiplier that can boost prizes up to 10 times their value. There’s also a chance to activate three different bonus games. In addition, the Team USA game has an autoplay option to automatically play up to 20 game rounds
Friday’s Mega Millions drawing features massive $376 million jackpot
As for the traditional Mega Millions game, there was no winner in Tuesday’s drawing, which boosts Friday’s drawing to a $376 million annuity value, or $256.4 million in cash.
And whether there’s a winner or not, Pennsylvania’s older citizens will continue to reap the rewards of the PA lottery programs.
The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed more than $32.6 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.
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