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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 – July 2019

The PA Online Lottery website has expanded it’s game offerings in the last month. They’ve added one new game and brought back 4 popular titles, and now boast 41 titles available for your playing enjoyment. That will make for a lot of summer fun!

Let’s take a look at the new and returning games, as well as current promotions being offered.

New Games

The latest new addition to the PA Online Lottery site is Pharaoh’s Multiplier, a match-style game with Instant Multipliers and featuring two Bonus Games. The screen shows a four-tiered structure with 25 tiles. At the top is a circle that reveals your winning symbol.

You’ll place your bet—from 5 cents to $1, with the default set at 5 cents—and then set the number of plays (or tiles) you want to bet on. So betting a nickel with 25 plays will cost you $1.25.

The goal is to match your tiles to the winning symbol. You can match more than one tile per play. Winning amounts are shown under each tile. If you match a statue, your winning are multiplied by 2x; if you match a scarab, it’s 5x. (Note: Each symbol has multiple background colors. You must match the symbol AND the background color.)

The two bonus games are triggered by revealing either a Blue Bonus symbol or a Red Bonus symbol. During the Blue Bonus game, you move your symbols around a board, winning prizes as you go. Land on Collect to end the game and collect your winnings.

The Red Bonus is a pick game. You’ll need to pick one of the 4 vases that appear on screen. You can win a monetary prize or free play. After your first pick, another 4 vases appear and you pick again. Pick until the Collect is hit, and collect your winnings. Free plays are used immediately after the bonus ends.

Also making their return to the site are:

  • Wizard of Oz: This is a match 3, match 4 game, which gives you the opportunity to unlock 10 or 20 free games.
  • Cash Buster Towers: A collect-style game featuring a Tetris-type tower that has 2 mini games and instant win prizes.
  • Cash Buster Bonus: Also a collect-style game with a prize meter that also has 2 mini games and instant win prizes.
  • Fast Buck Basketball: A 3-in-1 game where wins occur by revealing a Trophy symbol in the first game, by matching 3 like prizes in the second game, and/or matching two like symbols in the same row in the third game.

PA Online Lottery Promotions for June

  • Monster Monday: Mondays can earn you 20% cashback on one of the most popular games on the site—Monster Wins Reveal. Make a deposit of $25 or more and you will earn 20% cashback on your total net loss, up to $100.
  • Wizard of Oz Wednesday: To celebrate the return of this game, every Wednesday in July you get 20% cashback up to $100 on The Wizard of Oz. Just make a deposit of $25 or more and play this game on Wednesdays to earn bonus money on your net losses.
  • Friday Fishin’!: Play the hot game Gold Fish on Fridays and for every $50 you spend, you’ll get $5 back instantly (up to $50).
  • Surprise Saturday: Every Saturday brings a new bonus to players. It could be a deposit bonus, cashback or a prize draw. Make sure you check in to find out what it is!
  • Sunday Tumble: This promotion is tied to one of the Lottery’s more recent game additions, Jungle Tumble. On Sundays in July you can earn the same 20% Cashback up to $100. Deposit and play rules are the same as for Monster Monday.

Be sure to check back each week for updates on promotions, as they rotate fairly often.

List of games available as of July 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
  • 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
  • Merry Multiplier
  • Monster Wins Reveal*
  • Pennsylvania Payout*
  • Pharaoh’s Multiplier
  • 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.

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