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 – November 2019

With Halloween behind us, we turn to the holiday season ahead, with several new games at the PA Online Lottery site to help celebrate Christmas. Those additions bring the gaming options up to 52. You’ll also find some new promotions that make playing that much more fun—kind of like opening a gift on Christmas—so make sure you take advantage!

New Games

November brings two new holiday-themed games to the site, along with the return of a classic favorite. Unwrap the Cash and Unwrap the Cash are making their debut, while Monster Wins Again comes back and is already listed as a Hot Game. All three are worth your attention, so let’s take a look at how to play our newbies:

  • Unwrap the Cash: This new entry from SG Digital has a snappy little holiday tune going in the background during the match 3-style game. The game takes place with a present and has a 3×3 grid. You make your bet—from 10 cents to $30—and hit Play. You can then open each symbol on the grid individually or you can hit the Reveal All button. Match 3 symbols—candy cane, milk & cookies, reindeer, tree, elf and stocking—to get a win. There is a Free Games feature that is unlocked with 3 Santa symbols. You’ll start by choosing from 3 presents, which will reveal the number of free spins you’ll get (5, 10 or 20). Free Spins will then start and you’ll get a win every time you match 3 symbols. If a Santa symbol should appear during a free spin, you will in one of 4 mystery features/prizes: Cash, Multiplier, additional symbol to make a match, or an additional 5 games. Unwrap the Cash has a return-to-player percentage of 87% and a maximum prize of $250,000.
  • Frosty Fun: Join Frosty the Snowman in this slot-style game, played on a 5 reel, 4 row grid with bets ranging from 10 cents to $30 (with the same $1 default). It’s a collect-style game where you’ll win whenever a cluster of 3 or more like symbols are collected. Those symbols then disappear and new ones tumble down, allowing for additional wins. Each additional win adds a multiplier to your Total Win, and ranges from 2x to 5x. There are also 2 Bonus Games. The Gift Bonus Game is played when you get 3 Gift symbols. You’ll get to choose from one of three presents for a prize. Then there’s the Wheel Bonus, which is triggered by 3 Bonus symbol. A Wheel will appear and you select Go to move the wheel and land either on Advance or Collect. Each time you advance, the prize increases. You will also find a Free Games Bonus, activated by 3 Free Games symbols. You get 5 free games. RTP on this game is also 87%.

Also of note:

The three new Halloween additions—Cats, Bats & Hats, Creepy Cash and Spooky 7×7—are still listed on the site, but they will probably drop off in the near future. The first two are still considered Hot Games, meaning they are the most popular on the site, so be sure to check them out as they have some unique features.

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 November

There are several special promotions currently available:

  • Unwrap the Cash Fast Play Coupon: Play $25 on the Pennsylvania Lottery’s newest game, Unwrap the Cash, and you’ll get a free $5 Holiday Tree Farm Fast Play coupon to redeem at any PA Lottery retailer. This promotion ends on November 6.
  • Frosty Friday: Friday’s in November can bring you $5 in Bonus Money. Just log into your account, claim the bonus from you’re my Bonuses page and play at least $5 on Frosty Fun on Fridays this month. You’ll be rewarded with $5 in Bonus Money to spend as you wish on any game.
  • Unwrap the Cash Weekend: Weekends in November can provide you with a bonus for playing Unwrap the Cash. Just log in and claim this promotion on the My Bonuses page, and you can $5 cashback for every $50 spent on this holiday-themed game. Play $2,500 for a total of $250 cashback!

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

List of games available as of November 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
  • Cats, Hats & Bats*
  • Cinna Money Match
  • Creepy Cash*
  • Crossword Cash
  • Dabloons
  • Deal or No Deal
  • Fast Buck Basketball
  • Fast Buck Lucky
  • Foxin’ Wins Again
  • Foxin’ Wins Reveal
  • Frosty Fun
  • Fruit Loot
  • Garden of Secrets
  • Gold Fish
  • Gorilla Go Wild Reveal
  • Grumpy Cat
  • Hex-Pop Payday
  • Jungle Tumble*
  • Lucky Peggs
  • Lucky You!
  • Monday Night Football*
  • Monster Wins Reveal
  • Monster Wins Again*
  • Neon Keno
  • Pennsylvania Payout*
  • Pharaoh’s Multiplier
  • Prospector’s Gold
  • Red Hot Keno
  • Robo Riches
  • Rainbow Fortunes
  • Robin Hood Reveal: Price of Tweets Reveal
  • Spooky 7×7
  • Super Cash Buster
  • Super Gems
  • Treasure 7×7
  • Unwrap the Cash
  • 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 October 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
  • Cats, Hats & Bats*
  • Cinna Money Match
  • Creepy Cash*
  • Crossword Cash
  • Dabloons
  • Deal or No Deal
  • Fast Buck Basketball
  • Fast Buck Lucky
  • 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!
  • Monday Night Football*
  • Monster Wins Reveal*
  • Neon Keno
  • Pennsylvania Payout*
  • Pharaoh’s Multiplier
  • Prospector’s Gold*
  • Red Hot Keno
  • Robo Riches
  • Rainbow Fortunes
  • Robin Hood Reveal: Price of Tweets Reveal
  • Spooky 7×7
  • Super Cash Buster
  • Super Gems
  • Treasure 7×7
  • Volcano
  • Volcano Reveal
  • Wild Run Reveal
  • Wizard of Oz

* 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.