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.
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.
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 launch:
- Foxin’ Wins
- Super Cash Buster
- Big Money Slingo
- Big Foot Reveal
- Crossword Cash
- Cash in the Lamp
- Super Gems
- Robin Hood: Prince of Tweets
- Monster Wins
- Cash Buster Towers
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
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:
- 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.
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
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
The PA online lottery will likely run 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:
- 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.