Pennsylvania Man Wins Big BetMGMJackpot; BetMGM Gift Cards Now Available

A PA man playing Win Genie slot at BetMGM PA online casino won a big jackpot. BetMGM now offers gift cards for fast and easy payments.

Well, that’s one way to pay for college. A PA online casino player in Albion, PA near Erie won a $232,479 jackpot on the Win Genie slot at BetMGM online casino in September

The player, Jason Hancharik, becomes the latest winner to be handsomely rewarded by BetMGM’s online offerings.

“Because of BetMGM, now I am putting my kids through college,” Hancharik said in a news release. 

Last year, BetMGM awarded more than $9.5 million in live market jackpot prizes. The biggest win was a record $3.2 million prize paid out to a female player in New Jersey.

In Michigan, BetMGM paid out nearly $2 million in jackpots in just over two days last June.

And thanks to Hancharik, some of that good fortune made its way to Pennsylvania. 

“We congratulate Jason on his win with the Genie,” said Matthew Sunderland, Vice President of Gaming, BetMGM. “As our exclusive jackpot network continues to attract players across our live markets, BetMGM is always glad to reward our players with life-changing wins.”

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Leading online casino operator in the country

BetMGM’s online casino went live in Pennsylvania in December 2021, just two weeks before its online sportsbook.

By July 2021, it became the top online casino operator in PA  (26% GGR market share).

But BetMGM’s brand strength and performance isn’t limited to Pennsylvania. BetMGM is the leading casino operator in the entire country, with an estimated 30% national GGR market share across its live markets.

Jackpots like the one Hancharik received are certainly a reason why.

BetMGM gift cards are coming to a retailer near you

Now players at BetMGM can receive the gift of gaming. 

BetMGM announced a partnership with TAPPP, a leader in flexible payment options, to make BetMGM gift cards available across the country. The gift cards will be available at major convenience and grocery retail chains in select U.S. states that offer sports betting.

Maria Tomlinson, Head of Payments, commented: 

“One of the biggest pieces of feedback we get from our customers is that they want a simple and convenient way to fund their accounts. We’re thrilled to introduce an option for players to quickly and securely fund their BetMGM accounts, while avoiding deposit failures.”

Currently, BetMGM gift cards are now available in $25 and $50 denominations in eight states and at over 6,000 locations nationwide. 

At present, the gift cards are not available near Pennsylvania’s biggest cities. However, players can find them in some neighboring states (West Virginia and New Jersey).

A Big Gulp and a Bigger Win: Largest PA Jackpot Ever Claimed by Five-Member Group With Ticket Purchased at 7-11

The biggest Pennsylvania’s biggest jackpot ever was claimed by a Bucks County group. Pennsylvania Lottery on pace for record fiscal year.

A stop at a 7-Eleven and a Quick Pick ticket brought home Pennsylvania’s biggest jackpot ever.

Last week, a five-member group from Levittown claimed the winning Mega Millions ticket from the May 21 drawing that had an annuity value of $516 million. It was the largest jackpot in the history of Pennsylvania’s lottery prizes.

The group formed the Peace of Mind Trust to claim the winning ticket and opted for the lump-sum payment of $348.6 million. After a 24-percent federal tax and a 3.07 percent state tax, the trust will share $254.2 million.

It’s an eye-popping, life-changing, big gulp-inducing total.

Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko said in a press release:

“The Pennsylvania Lottery congratulates the big winners of this historic jackpot. We tell our players all the time that it only takes one ticket to have a chance (for) a life-changing jackpot…This Mega Millions win is a reminder of that fact. This is the largest jackpot ever won in Pennsylvania, and that’s also great news for the older Pennsylvanians who benefit from the programs the Pennsylvania Lottery funds.”

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Ninth-largest Mega Millions jackpot ticket sold in Bucks County

The 7-Eleven on Trenton Road in Levittown in Bucks County sold the winning ticket which matched all five white balls drawn (6-9-17-18-48) and the yellow Mega Ball 8.

Overall, it was the ninth-largest jackpot since the Mega Millions game began in 2002. The odds of winning were approximately 1 in 302 million.

But it only takes that one.

Attorneys Kurt Panouses and Christopher Mahoney, who represent the newly-formed Peace of Mind Trust, said in a statement from the news release:

“This is life-changing generational money. The winners live in small communities in eastern Pennsylvania and desire to keep their lives as normal as possible. Maintaining anonymity is key to ensuring that normalcy. The winning ticket was a Quick Pick.”

Mega Millions is played in 45 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The most recent run in Pennsylvania (from February 19 to May 21) generated $41.5 million in sales. It created tax revenue of $16.6 million to benefit older Pennsylvanians.

The next jackpot, which is estimated at $94 million, will be drawn on Friday night. Tickets can be purchased at lottery retailers or online/in-app for those with iLottery accounts.

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PA Lottery on pace for record fiscal year

Despite a pandemic that disrupted many elements of normal life, Pennsylvania Lottery’s fiscal year should produce record profits and tax revenues.

Pennsylvania Lottery’s projections for the fiscal year (which ended ended on June 30), estimated that traditional lottery sales would surpass $5 billion. Projections for online lottery games estimated sales of over $900 million. Those totals would provide more than $1.3 billion to programs that benefit older Pennsylvanians.

The state couldn’t afford to lose that revenue stream during the pandemic. Thankfully, the PA Lottery’s employees were up to the challenge. They adapted operations to ensure the lottery’s daily drawings continued, safeguarding the support provided to the state’s older citizens.

PA Gov. Tom Wolf highlighted the drawings staff at the PA Lottery as part of a new Profiles in Service Series. The distinction spotlights the work of state employees who provide quality public services and overcome operational challenges created by the pandemic.

Lottery Drawings Manager Rachel Feitelson said in the press release:

“One of the main challenges we had to overcome was to figure out how to continue to do the drawings, while following our procedures and the CDC Guidelines. The team worked together. We were able to come up with ways to keep everybody safe and still get the job done, get it done properly and correctly. There was no doubt that we wouldn’t do the drawings.”

Overall, the PA Lottery has a staff of roughly 275 employees. Their collective efforts have kept the state lottery and the various programs it supports as a vibrant asset for Pennsylvania’s revenues.

PA Lottery’s online games continue strong performance

At present, the Pennsylvania Lottery is seeing growth in almost all of its game categories. Scratch-off tickets remain the most popular product. The lottery is also benefiting from the Powerball and Mega Millions multi-state jackpots that generate significant sales.

In addition, the state’s iLottery games have also been incredibly popular during the pandemic. Players can access the games on their computer, tablet or mobile device, right from their homes.

It all adds up to record numbers.

With the massive Mega Millions win and the fiscal year projections, it’s been a strong stretch for the Pennsylvania Lottery. The success is even more impressive considering all the obstacles and challenges that everyone encountered.

Now, with the pandemic’s disruptions nearing an end, it’s possible the PA Lottery’s next fiscal year could be even better.

Even brighter days and more big jackpots – like those brought by a 7-Eleven Quick Pick – will be waiting up ahead.

Betway Launches Sportsbook and Casino In a Pennsylvania Double Play

Betway online sportsbook becomes the thirteenth sports betting app in Pennsylvania through its partnership with Live! Casino Philadelphia.

A little bit of Europe has landed in Pennsylvania this summer. Following a test period earlier this week, Betway PA sportsbook launched in Pennsylvania. A Betway online casino integrated with the sports betting app arrived simultaneously with the casino.

Betway online sportsbook and casino entered Pennsylvania thanks to a partnership between Betway and Live! Casino Philadelphia. It is the state’s 13th sports betting app.

Betway, which is based in Malta and has been providing sports betting, casino games and poker in Europe since 2006, now has apps available in Colorado, Indiana and Pennsylvania in the U.S.

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Welcome offer: 100% deposit match up to $1,000

Available on: iOS, desktop (betway.pa). You must be 21+ and physically located in Pennsylvania to play.

Deposit methods: Visa, MasterCard, VIP Preferred e-check, Betway Play+, PayPal, PayNearMe

Withdraw methods: VIP Preferred e-check, PayPal, Betway+, Reverse withdrawal

Deposit limits: Users can set deposit limits either daily, weekly or monthly.

Betway online sportsbook information

Betway PA sportsbook offers pretty much the same types of bets on sporting events as the other online sportsbooks in PA.

The following betting options are available at Betway:

  • Futures
  • Live in-game betting
  • Moneylines
  • Parlays
  • Point spreads
  • Props
  • Round robin
  • Straight
  • Teaser
  • Totals

Betway Sportsbook is welcoming new users with a risk-free $250 bet

The Betway sportsbook arrives as the 13th online sportsbook in Pennsylvania. The app should provide a familiar feel to PA players since it contains a similar interface as other sportsbook apps. However, there are some unique features that provide some benefits for playing at Betway. 

One of them is a partial cashout option that allows you to cash out a portion of your bet while the remainder of the wager remains eligible for the initial odds. Other options include:

  • One-Game Parlay: The single-game parlay is available for all NBA and soccer games and allows users to combine up to six markets from a single game.
  • Add to Bet: This option allows players to add new selections to an existing bet without having to place a new wager. Whenever the cash out option is available, you can add new picks to your existing bet.
  • Betway Boosts: This feature offers enhanced odds on select games and wagering options.

Contact Betway customer service

Betway’s customer service department is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Players can receive assistance via a live chat, FAQs, or a support ticket. Many questions about Betway are answered at support.pa.betway.

Betway’s growth in the United States

Betway’s arrival in Pennsylvania is the latest headline in a busy quarter for the company. Super Group, the parent company of Betway, agreed to go public through a merger with blank-check acquisition firm Sports Entertainment Acquisition Corp at a valuation of around $5 billion.

In conjunction with the announcement, Betway also said it agreed to acquire Digital Gaming Corp, which provided access to the online sports betting and gaming markets in 10 U.S. states.

Pennsylvania became the latest hub of activity this week. Because a little bit of Europe landed right here.

Sports betting in PA slipped a bit in the spring

Pennsylvania sportsbooks slumped a bit in the spring. However, the after-March Madness lull is to be expected. In May, PA sports bettors wagered $447.5 million and the sportsbooks reported $37.4 million in revenue. Handle in May pushed Pennsylvania sportsbooks over the $5 billion mark for wagers in the fiscal year with one month left.

FanDuel Sportsbook is the clear leader in the PA sports betting industry for handle and revenue. DraftKings has cemented itself as No. 2. Barstool online sportsbook remains a distant third. It will be interesting to see how Betway fares as the thirteenth sportsbook in the state. It doesn’t have the name recognition and prior DFS customer base as FanDuel and DraftKings. They also lack the fervent followers of Barstool.

Second Time is a Charm? Summer Brings Second-Chance Drawings and Other Promotions to the PA Online Lottery

The Pennsylvania online lottery is offering hot summer promos like the Sunny Money second-chance drawing with over $300,000 up for grabs.

Perhaps the second time can be a charm.

Through July 22, the Pennsylvania Lottery is offering all losing tickets another chance. The Sunny Money Second-Chance Drawing offers over $300,000 in cash prizes. And some of that money is reserved specifically for the PA online lottery

Players are encouraged to keep all tickets from the following games:

  • Pick 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Cash 5 with Quick Cash
  • Match 6 Lotto
  • Cash4Life
  • Powerball
  • Mega Millions
  • Keno
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With a little luck, losing tickets from those games can become winners. The Sunny Money Second-Chance Drawing prizes include:

  • Three top prizes of $50,000 each
  • Ten prizes of $10,000
  • Fifty prizes of $1,000
  • Fifty prizes of $100 for online play

Other tickets can also receive a multiplier that pays out ten times the money.

To enter the second-chance drawing, players will need to create an account at the PA Lottery website and submit their tickets on the Sunny Money Second-Chance Drawing page.

Winners will be notified via email. The drawing winners will also be posted at palottery.com as soon as they are available, as well as on the Winners page of the PA Lottery website.

Online players can get two free Mega Millions tickets

The PA Lottery is celebrating summer with a few other promotions as well.

The Mega Multiplier coupon promotion is running through the end of June. If you play $25 on the Mega Multiplier online game, you can receive a coupon for two draws of the Mega Millions with Megaplier (a $6 value) to redeem at any PA Lottery retailer.

Players must opt in to special offer emails and/or texts in order to receive the promotion. The coupon for the Mega Millions draw will then be sent via email or text.

That promotion ends on June 30.

Deposit bonus can add $500 to your lottery account

Online lottery players can also boost their bankrolls with some extra incentives this summer. Players who use the code PLAY20 on their first deposit at the PA Lottery site will receive a 100% match, up to $500 total in bonus money.

To claim the deposit bonus:

  • Log in or sign up for a PA iLottery account.
  • Go to the Cashier page and select your payment type. Enter the promo code: PLAY20 (*case sensitive)
  • Make a Deposit of at least $10 to be eligible for a 100% Deposit Match.
  • A $500 deposit gets you the maximum $500 Bonus Money.
  • You must play through your deposit and bonus 1X before Bonus Money is converted to cash.

*Players must be located within Pennsylvania at the time of play. 

In addition to the deposit bonus, new players will receive $20 in free play as well using our bonus code and links.

Daily promotions add incentives almost every day of the week

And just in case those promotions aren’t enough, the PA Lottery has daily promotions as well, providing bonuses on your online lottery play throughout the week.

And the best part is, even losers get another chance.

Perhaps the second time will be the charm.

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Take Your Pick: BetMGM And Borgata Provide PA Casino Players Similarly Stellar Options

The sister online casino brands BetMGM and Borgata are now available in Pennsylvania, both with a robust offering of games.

Options are never a bad thing.

And as far as Pennsylvania online casinos are concerned, the options all seem to come with free money too.

Take BetMGM PA for example. The casino launched in Pennsylvania in December and has grown in popularity ever since.

BetMGM casino PA offerings

The BetMGM brand landed with 120 different slot titles including seven jackpot slots.

The casino also features two types of blackjack and eight types of roulette.

And just in case that’s not enough, BetMGM offers one of the best promotions in the industry, with a free $25 join bonus and a 100% match bonus up to $1,000.

In addition to being available for desktop and iOS, the BetMGM mobile apps are now also available for Android via the Google Play store.

Another perk provided by the BetMGM site is the casino’s incentive program, which is called M Life Rewards

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M Life Rewards program extends to online

Every time you wager on the site, you receive reward points, whether playing on the desktop site or the BetMGM app.

Different casino games will earn you a different number of points. Slots provide the best returns with  one reward point earned for every $5 you wager. Progressive slots earn one point for every $10. Meanwhile, you’ll need to wager $20 on video poker or $25 on blackjack, craps, or roulette to earn one point.

As your rewards increase, so does your status. The BetMGM loyalty program has five tiers, which is the same at all MGM properties.

  • Sapphire (starting point)
  • Pearl (20,000 points)
  • Gold (60,000 points)
  • Platinum (160,000 points)
  • Noir (By invitation only)

Rewards can be redeemed when booking hotel rooms and paying for restaurant meals at MGM properties. You can also use them as bonus funds on BetMGM sites, or in the BetMGM online store.

The well-known Borgata brand followed BetMGM into PA

A few months after BetMGM arrived in Pennsylvania, New Jersey’s famous Borgata Casino brand arrived in the Keystone State too. 

Interestingly enough, BetMGM is the online and retail sports betting brand of the Borgata. It is also now the name of MGM Resorts’ interactive division, a joint venture with Entain.

BetMGM partnered with Hollywood Casino Morgantown, Penn National’s mini-casino set to open later this year, for online sports betting in PA.

The BetMGM casino falls under Penn’s Hollywood Casino Grantville iGaming license. Penn National is now at capacity for online casino skins with three under their Hollywood iGaming license (Hollywood online casino, DraftKings casino and now BetMGM).

The Borgata online offering was made possible in partnership with Rivers Casino Philadelphia. If a Borgata PA sportsbook were to launch, it would have to be partnered with another casino as Rivers has the BetRivers brand under its license.

So the parallel brands now both have a Pennsylvania casino presence. And as you might expect, some of their features overlap. 

Borgata and BetMGM casinos compared

The Borgata online offering is available on both iOS and Android platforms and features more than 150 games

Both sites also feature a relatively new addition to Pennsylvania, live dealer games. Whether you’re on the BetMGM or Borgata casino app, you can find a range of socially-interactive live dealer options including popular variations of blackjack and roulette.

The casino also offers a $20 registration bonus, along with a deposit bonus up to a $1,000 match. The Borgata online casino also utilizes MGM’s MLife Rewards program, with incentives earned in the exact same manner as on the BetMGM site. 

One of the biggest differences in the two sites is simply in the interfaces provided by the apps or site you are playing on. And while they have different themes and color schemes, both sites are smooth and user-friendly. Learn more about Borgata’s online offerings here.

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Online gaming revenues have risen sharply this winter

And although Pennsylvania’s overall casino gaming revenue dropped slightly (less than 1%) in February 2021 compared with the previous year (due to land-based declines caused by the COVID pandemic), the popularity of online gaming continues to explode.

According to figures released by the PGCB, PA iGaming streams saw huge year-over-year gains in February. Pennsylvania’s online slots increased by 425%, online table games jumped 207.5%, and online poker grew 37.7% YoY. Video gaming terminals also saw an 87.5% increase compared with the same period last year.

So it’s pretty clear both the BetMGM and the Borgata casinos have arrived in the right place. And their offerings keep growing, with a BetMGM online poker room due to arrive in the coming weeks.

Pennsylvania is embracing online gaming and the revenues generated by casinos – and the resulting tax dollars – will continue to grow.

In reality, the citizens of Pennsylvania might be the biggest winners in the end. They have numerous entertainment and gaming options, many of which (like the BetMGM and Borgata casinos) are available from the comfort of your couch.

People can play – and win! – at different sites without ever leaving home.

And options are never a bad thing.

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Borgata Casino App Brings the AC Party to PA with Exclusive Slots & Live Dealer Games

Save your NJ turnpike toll money, the Borgata online casino is now live in Pennsylvania with heaps of exclusive game offerings.

It’s a little bit of Atlantic City. Without the drive. Or the tolls. Or the crowds. So what’s not to love? 

Before legalized gambling arrived in Pennsylvania, many of its citizens made the drive to New Jersey to try their luck there. They’d step into places like Caesars and Sands and the famed Borgata. They’d spin some slots and lay some chips down, hoping to return home a little richer. 

And now, the circle has been completed, with some of those same New Jersey casinos traveling into Pennsylvania themselves. The latest one arrived yesterday with the launch of the Borgata online casino.

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Borgata online casino arrives with big games and promotions

Borgata gamesThe Atlantic City staple is opening its virtual doors in Pennsylvania with over 150 casino games and a 100% deposit match up to $1,000, along with an extra $20 just for good measure.

The Borgata launched in partnership with Rivers Philadelphia

Borgata’s entry into PA follows that of its sister brand, BetMGM. And while BetMGM online casino launched under Penn National’s Hollywood Casino Grantville license, BetMGM Sportsbook is partnered with Hollywood Casino Morgantown. In PA, iGaming license holders can have multiple online casino skins, but only one sports betting skin is allowed per property.

And so, the Borgata found a path to Pennsylvania too. BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt said in a news release.

“There are few casino brands as well-respected as Borgata, evident by the success we’ve seen with the Borgata Casino app in New Jersey. Pennsylvania marks an important milestone for us as we introduce the Borgata Casino brand to the first state outside of New Jersey. We’re confident that players in Pennsylvania will enjoy the digital betting experience of Atlantic City’s premier casino.”

What games can you play at Borgata casino PA?

At launch, the Borgata online casino features more than 150 slots and table games. Those include exclusive games like Premium Blackjack Pro and MGM Grand Millions, a progressive jackpot slot that begins with a jackpot of $300,000 and is linked to other MGM slots as well.

Borgata also has access to more than 50 exclusive games created by Win Studios plus titles from leading game providers like as IGT, SG Digital, Spin Games, Konami, WMS, Big Time Gaming and NetEnt.

Progressive jackpot slots

Borgata jackpot gamesIn addition to the classic progressive online slots PA players have come to love – Divine Fortune and Mercy of the Gods – Borgata also offers these exclusive progressives:

  • MGM Grand Millions
  • Melon Madness Deluxe
  • Loot En Khamun
  • Loot En Khamun – The Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Champagne Super Clover
  • Book of Myths

Borgata table gamesTable games

In addition to the more common table games like blackjack and roulette and Game King video poker, the Borgata online casino also offers:

  • Four card poker
  • Casino war
  • Baccarat

Live dealer games at Borgata

Borgata live dealerThe Borgata offerings also include live dealer games, just as BetMGM does through their partnership with Evolution Gaming.

  • Blackjack Live
  • Infinite Blackjack
  • American Roulette

Note: You can find a full list of offerings on the app.

Borgata’s shift toward online gambling keeps gaining momentum

Perhaps fueled in part by the pandemic, online gambling continues its impressive upward trend. PA online casinos raked in more than $80.4 million in iGaming revenue in the month of January. That figure was 11% higher than the previous record (set in December) and an astronomical 476% higher than the total from January 2020.

Borgata officials have watched this trend closely and have made significant efforts to maximize their online presence. As noted in the launch article on Play Pennsylvania, New Jersey’s online casinos have reported year-over-year growth of 168% from 2020 totals.

Even with some healthy competition, conditions seem ripe for Borgata’s launch

So now, with life not yet back to normal, it seems like a perfect time for the Borgata brand to expand westward and establish some roots among Pennsylvania’s online casinos.

Users can download the Borgata app on Apple iOS or Android devices. After that, players can take advantage of a $20 no deposit bonus and the aforementioned 100% bonus match, up to $1,000.

A complete rundown of the casino, including deposit options and additional promotions, is available here.

A little typing and a few taps, and you’ll be right inside the Borgata’s online doors.

It’s a far cry from the older days, when you needed the car keys, some money for turnpike tolls and a few hours to get there.

The excitement is much easier now. Thanks to the Borgata, a little bit of Atlantic City is now always present in Pennsylvania.

And the doors are open, just waiting for the moment when you’re ready to try your luck.

Topgolf Partnership is Latest Move in BetMGM Gambling Expansion

BetMGM is expanding fast, most recently partnering with Topgolf and planning to launch a Borgata online casino in PA.

It’s a lot like the wave

If you’ve ever been to a ball game, you’ve probably seen it before. People stand up and throw their arms in the air and then others join in. Before long, the whole stadium sweeps up in a wave that spreads across the entire crowd.

That’s kind of how sports betting is moving these days. Take the BetMGM brand as a case study.

Last week, BetMGM announced a partnership with Topgolf that will provide joint opportunities for gaming, marketing, and promotions at Topgolf venues across the country.

“We look forward to introducing Topgolf guests to the immersive sports betting experience that only BetMGM can provide,” BetMGM’s Chief Revenue Officer Matt Prevost said in a news release. “Topgolf is known for offering unique and interactive entertainment options, which our loyal BetMGM users can now access through a variety of exclusive and customized packages.”

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Topgolf already has a presence in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania residents can witness the partnership come together first-hand at a TopGolf location in Pittsburgh and another one that’s being planned near King of Prussia.

In addition to Pennsylvania’s locations, the partnership will be visible throughout Topgolf venues in cities where BetMGM operates. Those include its Las Vegas location at MGM Grand plus Indianapolis, Nashville, Detroit, Virginia Beach, and Denver. It also includes those within the WGT by Topgolf platform. 

BetMGM will also pursue branding and promotional integrations in other  Topgolf locations as sports betting and iGaming platforms become available in new states.

Beyond the BetMGM partnership, another online casino also made news in Pennsylvania this week. 

Borgata Casino joining PA iGaming market soon

Borgata online casino, also owned by MGM, will launch in Pennsylvania this week in partnership with Rivers Philadelphia. The BetMGM brand is already live in PA with online casino and sports betting apps that launched in December 2020.

While the Borgata iGaming app will partner with Rivers, BetMGM is partnered with Penn NationalHollywood Casino Grantville for online casino and Hollywood Casino Morgantown (coming in 2021) for online sports betting. In Pennsylvania, an iGaming and sportsbook app do not need to share the same land-based operator.

The Borgata online casino is already live in New Jersey. It is likely the Pennsylvania entity will provide similar rewards and promotions for new players.

BetMGM to launch online poker rooms in MI and PA

Although the BetMGM sportsbook/betting brand arrived later than many others, it continues to expand rapidly across the country.

Plans are in place to launch a BetMGM online poker room in Michigan in the near future, and one is expected to follow in Pennsylvania later in the year. For now, PA has one online poker room, PokerStars PA, a site that also launched in Michigan late last month.

Gambling wave continues in the US

And so, just like the wave that forms inside a stadium, the BetMGM brand continues to grow in strength, gain support, and spread across the country.

Many other sports betting and gaming companies are sharing in similar success.

The momentum is growing.

And the energy is expanding in every direction.

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Who Has the Golden Ticket? Lottery Producing Huge Payouts and Big Tales in PA and Beyond

Lottery excitement continues with a billion-dollar jackpot yet to be claimed, a $60 million jackpot from a dream, and dozens of big winners in Pennsylvania.

The story will eventually come out.

With lottery winners, it always does.

In Michigan, someone in the town of Novi bought a Mega Millions ticket that just won a $1.05 billion-dollar prize. It was the biggest Mega Millions jackpot ever and according to an article at Hometown Life, the rumor mill has focused on some area teachers.

Perhaps they have indeed grabbed the lottery’s golden ticket. But as of now, no one knows.

“It’s a random game of chance, you never know when it will hit or when they will come forward,” Jake Harris, a communications specialist with the Michigan Lottery, told Hometown Life. “It’s kind of like that scene in Willy Wonka, when they are digging for the chocolate bar and then yell, ‘I’ve got it!’”

That person – whoever it is – hasn’t appeared in Michigan yet. The official story has yet to arrive.

In Canada, it has.

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Lottery dream becomes reality twenty years later

A woman in Ontario, Canada had been playing the same lotto numbers for 20 years that her husband had once dreamed about. In December, that persistence finally paid off.

According to CNN.com, Deng Pravatoudom‘s unflinching belief in those numbers brought home a lottery win worth $60 million.

And here in Pennsylvania, the lottery is turning people into millionaires all across the state.

On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Lottery announced that a player in Bradford County just won $1 million on a Millionaire’s Club Scratch-Off

Just one week earlier, someone at a Wawa in Chester County also won a $1-million prize on the Jackpot Party Scratch-Off.

Near misses in Mega Millions result in a pair of million-dollar prizes in PA

Two Pennsylvania players also took home a million dollars each in the Mega Millions drawing that made a billionaire in Michigan. Those players matched all the numbers from the Mega Millions except for the Mega Ball.

According to WGAL, one of those million-dollar tickets was sold at a Sunoco in Chambersburg. The other was sold at Gingrich’s Food Market near Lancaster (according to FOX43).

A player from New Jersey also matched those same five numbers, bringing home a million there as well.

The Mega Millions drawing came just two days after a Powerball ticket was sold at an old mining-town in Maryland that matched all six numbers. That jackpot totaled $731.1 million.

And on a slightly smaller scale, a player in Norristown won nearly $300,000 in the “I Like Big Bucks” drawing on January 21st. 

Pennsylvania’s daily lotteries continue to pay dividends as well. Winners from the state’s draw games are updated regularly on the PA lottery website.

Second Chance drawings give losing  tickets another life

Even the non-winners have another shot. The Pennsylvania Lottery’s End of the Rainbow Second Chance drawing has begun, giving losing tickets a chance to redeem themselves.

As noted by The Progress News, non-winning Find the Leprechaun, O’Lucky Coin and Clover All Over Scratch-Off tickets may be entered between now and March 25, 2021 for chances to win numerous prizes worth $17,000, $7,000, or $700. There’s also a chance to win $100 to play PA online lottery games.

Starting Tuesday, Feb. 2 through March 25, non-winning 17, Good Luck Charm$ and Four Leaf Loot Fast Play tickets may be entered for chances to win similar prizes as well.

Players can enter the tickets through the VIP Players Club at palottery.com or scan-to-enter using the official lottery app. Winners will be announced at palottery.com. You can find entry instructions, prize details, rules, restrictions, and drawing information there too.

So even the losing tickets have one last hope.

Maybe they will redeem themselves. Maybe they’ll finish as a winner in the end.

And if they do, the story will eventually come out.

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Holiday Halloween Jack-Pot! Half-Million-Dollar Win Tops Off Big Year for PA Online Slots

It was a big year for big payouts at Pennsylvania online casinos, topped off with Hollywood Online Casino’s largest jackpot ever, on Halloween Jack.

It was quite the Christmas bonus.

One online casino player in Pennsylvania was spinning a Halloween Jack slot game on December 16 at Hollywood Online Casino. The game is considered NetEnt‘s spookiest slot, with free spins and features that include something called the Expanding Death Reaper Wild.

And for a player named Randy, the scary slot brought the most pleasant dreams. When one of his spins stopped, Halloween Jack produced a jackpot of $537,000.

“This has been our biggest jackpot win so far,” Rich Criado, general manager of iCasino for Penn National Gaming, said in a news release.

“We’re thrilled that this player was able to go into the holiday season and 2021 with more than half a million dollars in the bank!”

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Halloween Jack and many other casino games (including blackjack, Dancing Drums and 88 Fortunes) are available on HollywoodCasino.com on desktop and mobile platforms. Randy was playing via Android when the jackpot arrived.

There is also a free-to-play version of Halloween Jack available on Penn National Gaming’s social casino site, mychoice® Casino, which is available in the GooglePlay Store or in the App Store nationwide.

Halloween Jack win is the latest in a series of 2020 jackpots

The calendar year 2020 will live in infamy, but in regard to online jackpots, it was a banner year — especially for Divine Fortune players. Here are some of the highlights:

  • In February, a Glenside, PA, resident named Marc won $148,172 on a $2 spin while playing Divine Fortune at PlaySugarHouse.com. That same day, Jeanne, a newly registered player at HollywoodCasino.com, hit a Divine Fortune jackpot for $76,598.13.
  • In March, a Lititz man hit a Divine Fortune jackpot while playing online at PlaySugarHouse.com. He hit the jackpot with a $1 bet, winning $278,430.23.  And that same week, a Divine Fortune player in New Jersey hit for a similar jackpot of $278,802.58.
  • Then, two months later, Divine Fortune paid out a record-breaking jackpot of $533,239. The Audobon, PA, woman was playing on her smartphone at PlaySugarHouse.com when she won the big one.
  • And in November, Divine Fortune produced again. An Allentown woman won a jackpot of $443,000 on a $3 bet.

Divine Fortune should produce big payouts in 2021 too

The design of Divine Fortune should continue to reward its players in the new year as well. Unlike some other progressive jackpot slot games, Divine Fortune emphasizes a high return to players (RTP) of 96.8%. The slot’s volatility rating is also considered “medium,” which means it produces more consistent winners.

In addition, based on the rate at which the jackpot consistently climbs, the prized slot is still gaining popularity among online casino players in Pennsylvania.

So as the year 2020 turns to 2021, the excitement provided by Divine Fortune should continue.

There will be more winners. And more jackpots too.

And perhaps some more people like Randy, who hit the big one just in time for the holidays.

Swing and a Miss: Court Rules Winning $4.15 Million PA Lotto Ticket Belongs to Doylestown Store, Not Employee

A Doylestown store employee attempted to pass off a $4.15 million Match 6 PA lottery ticket as her own, but a state court ruled against her.

Well, she tried.

And maybe you can’t blame her.

But a state Superior Court ruled Tuesday that Beverlie Seltzer, an employee at an Acme store in Doylestown, cannot keep a winning $4.15 million lottery ticket because it rightfully belongs to her store, not her.

As explained in a PennLive article, the winning Match 6 ticket was what’s considered a mistake ticket printed by the store. The store must pay the lottery commission for its mistake tickets. But the store can also keep any winnings that they produce.

Winning ticket was a mistake print in March 2019

In Seltzer’s case, she discovered the winning $4.15 million ticket in the mistake pile when she reported to work on March 21, 2019. Seltzer took $10 from her purse to purchase the winning ticket instead of following the typical procedure, which would have allowed the store to claim the winnings. The store’s security footage confirmed Seltzer’s maneuver.

Seltzer eventually tried to claim the winning ticket. She later appealed to the Superior Court after a Bucks County ruling found that the winnings belonged to the store.

On Tuesday, the Superior Court reached the same verdict.

“When Ms. Seltzer in this instance deviated from the Acme procedures that she usually followed, she acted surreptitiously and was not forthcoming about the circumstances of the purchase,” Judge Mary Jane Bowes wrote in the state court’s opinion. “Even viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to Ms. Seltzer, no reasonable fact-finder could conclude that Ms. Seltzer acted with the good faith belief that she was permitted by law or by Acme’s policies to give Acme $10 in exchange for $4,150,000.”

Powerball, Mega Millions produces verified November winners

Fortunately, not every winning ticket devolves into chaos and controversy like Seltzer’s did. In November, a player named Mark from Allegheny County took home a million dollars in a Powerball drawing. Additionally, five other players from locations all across Pennsylvania won $50,000 prizes.

In Mega Millions drawings, three Pennsylvania players won $10,000 prizes in November.

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Holiday jackpots will bring Christmas cheer and lots of cash

And as noted by PlayPennsylvaniathe Mega Millions and Powerball drawings from this past weekend were set to provide a massive Christmas bonus if someone happened to purchase a winning ticket.

The Powerball jackpot on Saturday was up to $304 million, with a cash value of $236 million. Friday’s Mega Millions drawing was estimated at $310 million, with a cash value of $238 million.

In a handful of states, including Pennsylvania, draw lottery tickets are available for purchase online. There, notifications of winning tickets are automatic.

And the beauty of the multistate, massive jackpot lotteries is that someone will eventually win.

That’s what drives people to purchase tickets. And that’s what drove Beverlie Seltzer to step outside of bounds at her Acme store.

The reward often seems worth the risk.

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