PA iLottery Review

PA online lottery

Online lottery is officially available in Pennsylvania at PAiLottery.com.

Pennsylvania passed a comprehensive gambling expansion bill in October 2017 that legalized online lottery sales inside the state. State lottery officials announced in January 2018 that the first internet lottery games would roll out sometime in the spring.

The PA Lottery launched online games in May 2018.

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Latest PA Online Lottery News – September 2019

There is no shortage of games available at the PA Online Lottery in September. There are over 40 titles currently on the site, including two new games for your playing enjoyment. You’ll also find some new promotions that make playing that much more fun. Don’t miss out, check it all out below….

New Games

The first new title is based on the popular TV show Deal or No Deal, this new game of the same name from SG Digital is a match-style game played on a 3×3 grid. Bets range from 10 cents up to $30 and there are 8 possible symbols. They range from the lowly coins all the way up to the infamous suitcase. The rankings and prize chart is to the left of the grid, so you can easily see what your wins will be with each symbol (1x to 2,000x).

Place your bet and then you’ll have the choice of revealing each of the 9 squares individually or using a Reveal All button to turn them all at one time. (Certainly more expeditious but not nearly as much fun!) You’ll need 3 or more of any one symbol for a win.

The Free Games feature is triggered by 3 briefcases appearing in your grid. You’ll need to pick one of the cases to reveal how many free games you get (5, 10 or 20). Wins are awarded just like they are in the regular game, with the exception of the Mystery Feature. This feature, triggered by the appearance of just one suitcase during the bonus round, can award one of the following:

  • Multiplier
  • Cash Prize
  • Matching Game Symbol
  • Free Games

Also new this month is Prospector’s Gold. This game has already caught on with players and is considered a Hot Game, so it’s definitely one you’ll want to check out, especially as you can win up to $5,000.

This game more closely resembles a slot. There are 5 reels and 3 rows and wins are Cluster Pays. Get 3 or more of the same symbol in a cluster formation to win. Then those symbols drop off and are replaced with new symbols for a potential new win. If more than one cluster is matched during a round, the Prize Multiplier on the right side of your screen will light up to multiply your prize. Base symbols include the prospector’s helmet, gold, gemstones, shovel, pickaxe, and lantern. Each of these can form a Giant symbol (2×2), which increases your cluster win. Bonus symbols include the barrel, dynamite and Free Games Bonus. These are Scatter symbols and can appear anywhere on the screen to get the bonus associated with that symbol.

You’ll start by placing your bet—10 cents to $30—and hitting Play. In addition to winning Cluster Pays, here are the 3 bonuses:

  • Barrel Bonus: Get 3 barrels and you’ll get to choose one to reveal a cash prize.
  • Dynamite Bonus: Get 3 dynamite bonus symbols and you’ll have your choice of 5 dynamite crates. Pick one to reveal one or more sticks of dynamite, which you then place on a grid with 8 slots. Push down on the detonator to reveal your prize.
  • Free Games Bonus: You also need 3 symbols to activate this bonus, which will award you 5 free games.

As a reminder, you can Demo Play any of the games on the site. Meaning you can have some free fun if you’d like or test out games to see which you like best.

PA Online Lottery Promotions for September

There are several special promotions currently available, plus weekly specials to take advantage of:

  • Labor Day Deposit Bonus: Get a 50% deposit bonus up to $20 on Monday, September 2nd.
  • Lucky Sunday: To celebrate the new Lucky You! match-style game, you can earn 20% cashback on Sunday, September 1st. Just log into your account, claim the bonus, and deposit a minimum of $25. You’ll earn 20% cashback on your total net loss, up to $100 in Bonus Money. (This promotion is often offered more than once per month, so check back each week.)
  • Prospector’s Gold Wednesday: Earn 20% cashback on Wednesday, September 4th when you play the new Prospector’s Gold game (worth up to $250).
  • Text Ya Tuesday: Sign up to receive special offers via text and you’ll get a weekly promotion.
  • Surprise Saturday: Every Saturday there is a new promotion you can take advantage of. Offers include free bonus money, deposit bonuses, cashback (up to 30%), and more!

Check back regularly the the Pennsylvania iLottery Promotions page for new offers each and every week.

List of games available as of September 2, 2019:

 

  • A Dragon’s Story
  • Ballroom Bingo
  • Bee to Zee
  • Big Eats Little
  • Big Money Slingo
  • Bigfoot Reveal
  • Cash and Conquer
  • Cash Buster Bonus
  • Cash Buster Extreme
  • Cash Buster Towers
  • Cash in the Lamp
  • Cash Out Cupcake
  • Cinna Money Match
  • Crossword Cash
  • Dabloons
  • Deal or No Deal
  • Fast Buck Lucky
  • Fast Buck Basketball
  • Foxin’ Wins Again
  • Foxin’ Wins Reveal
  • Fruit Loot
  • Garden of Secrets
  • Gold Fish
  • Gorilla Go Wild Reveal
  • Grumpy Cat
  • Hex-Pop Payday
  • Jungle Tumble*
  • Lucky Peggs
  • Lucky You!*
  • Monster Wins Reveal*
  • Neon Keno
  • Pennsylvania Payout*
  • Pharaoh’s Multiplier
  • Prospector’s Gold*
  • Rainbow Fortunes
  • Red Hot Keno
  • Robin Hood Reveal: Price of Tweets Reveal
  • Super Cash Buster
  • Super Gems
  • Treasure 7×7
  • Volcano
  • Volcano Reveal
  • Wild Run Reveal
  • Wizard of Oz*

*Hot Games

What games are available at PAiLottery.com?

The Pennsylvania Lottery offers a variety of games at thousands of lottery retailers across the state. The games include draw games, scratch-offs, Fast Play, and monitor games.PA iLottery online

The PA lottery will likely make tickets for its most-popular draw games available online, eventually. But for now, there are only instant-win games.

The PA online lottery may also offer Keno and Virtual Sports monitor games, but for now, those only take place at brick-and-mortar retailers.

Instant-win online games

In online scratch-off games, the games feature a graphic interface replacing the traditional scratch-off ticket. The games are virtually the same. The object of a scratch-off or instant lottery ticket is often to match prize amounts or symbols leading to a prize.

The list of online scratch-off games is as follows as of February 4, 2019:

  • A Dragon’s Story
  • Ballroom Bingo
  • Bee to Zee
  • Big Eats Little
  • Big Money Slingo
  • Bigfoot Reveal
  • Cash and Conquer
  • Cash Buster Bonus
  • Cash Buster Extreme*
  • Cash Buster Towers
  • Cash in the Lamp
  • Cash Out Cupcake
  • Cinna Money Match
  • Crossword Cash
  • Dabloons
  • Fast Buck Lucky
  • Foxin Wins Reveal
  • Frosty 7×7
  • Garden of Secrets
  • Gorilla Go Wld Reveal
  • Hex-Pop Payday
  • Lucky Peggs
  • Merry Multiplier
  • Monster Wins Reveal*
  • Rainbow Fortunes*
  • Robin Hood: Price of Tweets*
  • Super Cash Buster
  • Super Gems*
  • Treasure 7×7
  • Volcano
  • Volcano Reveal

* denotes Hot Games

Get a look and feel for some of the most popular PA Lottery instant win games:

The PA lottery could eventually have online sales of electronic versions of the same scratch-off games available at PA lottery retailers as part of its online offerings.

There are more than 50 traditional scratch-offs available at retailers in Pennsylvania. Some of the most popular PA scratch-off games include:

  • $3 Bingo
  • $10 50X the Bucks
  • $20 Big Money Millionaire
  • $5 $100,000 Wish List
  • $20 $1 Million Pennsylvania Payout
  • $20 All the Money Millionaire Edition
  • $30 $3,000,000 Extreme Green

Draw games

The Pennsylvania Lottery is expected to start online sales of draw games in 2018. The games will likely eventually include many of the same ones available at lottery retailers across the state, including:

  • Powerball
  • Mega Millions
  • Pick 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 4 Life
  • Cash 5!
  • Match 6 Lotto
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Millionaire Raffle

Powerball is one of the most popular multi-state draw games in the US. It is offered in 44 states, Washington, D.C., US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Most states that sell lottery tickets online sell Powerball tickets.

Tickets are just $2 each. Jackpots start at $40 million. Drawings are Wednesday and Saturday nights. Powerball is known for its massive jackpots, the largest of which was $1.6 billion.

Mega Millions is a similar multi-state lottery game offered in the same 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Most states that sell lottery tickets online sell Mega Millions tickets online. Jackpots also start at $40 million. Mega Millions drawing days are Tuesday and Friday. Tickets cost $2.

Fast Play

PA Lottery Fast Play games are similar to scratch-off games without the need to scratch. The games are available from PA Lottery retailers and self-service-touch-screen vending terminals. Fast Play tickets are printed on-demand.

These games may be made available online. Some of the most popular PA Lottery Fast Play games include:

  • Fast Cash Bingo
  • Triple Win
  • Gold Fish
  • Keystone Cash
  • Lucky You

Monitor games

The PA iLottery may also add Keno and Virtual Sports monitor games available at select retailers across the state.

Keno is a fast-draw lottery game with drawings occurring every four minutes, seven days a week. Players try to match up to 10 of 20 numbers drawn. Monitors at retail locations display the outcome of each draw.

Virtual sports are fast-draw lottery games with simulated sporting events occurring every four to five minutes, seven days a week. Players wager on the outcome and the PA Lottery randomly generates animated sports-themed outcomes displayed on monitors at retail locations.

Pennsylvania online lottery account

In order to buy lottery tickets online, players will need to sign up for an account on the PAiLottery.com site. This is consistent with the process in other states offering online lottery sales.

PA players will need to be 18 years or older, have a valid PA address, and be within PA state borders in order to play online lottery games or buy lottery tickets online.

Making a deposit

You can deposit funds securely into your PA Lottery online account using one of several methods, including:

  • Visa debit
  • Mastercard debit
  • ACH
  • PayNearMe

Collecting winnings

The PA online lottery is similar to most other states with online lottery sales. That means wins up to $600 will automatically deposit into your PA Lottery online account. However, anything above that may need to be claimed in person at a PA Lottery office. Prizes of more than $50,000 will most definitely need to be claimed in person at PA Lottery headquarters.

The Pennsylvania online lottery and the law

In December 2011, the US Department of Justice released a legal opinion on the Federal Wire Act. The opinion was that it only applies to sports bets. This ultimately paved the way for individual states to allow lottery sales online. Several states soon started online lottery sales programs:

  • Illinois
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota (since repealed)
  • New Hampshire

The Pennsylvania Lottery has been around since 1972. Its proceeds go to programs for elderly residents as mandated by the government.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board does not oversee the Pennsylvania Lottery. However, it does fall under the purview of the PA House of Representatives’ Gaming Oversight Committee. The PA Lottery will run its own online sales program with oversight by the same legislative committee.