Jackpot! Top Pennsylvania Online Casino Prizes and PA Lottery Wins in July

There is no shortage of big wins in Pennsylvania legal gambling, and July was no different. Here are some of the biggest jackpot hits online and live.

Top jackpots rolled in across Pennsylvania for lottery players and also slot and online casino players in the month of July. But that’s really nothing new.

Here’s a look at some of the top winners in the regulated PA gaming market last month.

Recent lottery jackpot and scratch-off winners in PA

The PA Lottery, with online and retailer outlets available, had more than 20 big hits in July.

  • Two winning Match 6 tickets from the Tuesday, June 30 drawing will split a jackpot prize of $2.2 million. The winning tickets were sold in Philadelphia and York counties. Each jackpot-winning ticket matched all six numbers drawn, 01-09-12-15-35-42, to win individual prizes of $1.1 million.
  • A jackpot-winning Match 6 Lotto ticket worth $1.52 million from Friday, July 2 was sold in Adams County. The ticket correctly matched all six winning numbers, 01-06-10-12-28-42, to win.
  • A July 23 Cash 5 jackpot of $942,845.50 was hit, with the winning ticket sold in Lewistown, Mifflin County. And another Cash 5 jackpot worth $426,359 hit in Bethlehem, Northampton County on July 31.
  • A progressive top prize-winning ticket worth $1,561,591 for the Lottery’s Diamond Mine game was sold at a retailer in Montgomery County on Monday, July 27. That’s a $20 Fast Play game that offers progressive top prizes starting at $200,000.
  •  A retailer in Philadelphia sold a $3 million top prize-winning $3,000,000 Money Millionaire scratch-off (claimed July 15) and a Mercer County location sold a top prize-winning $3,000,000 Diamond Dazzler scratch-off ticket worth $3 million (claimed July 20).
  • Retailers in Northampton County sold a Merry & Bright scratch-off worth $1 million. And a retailer in Lancaster County also sold a $1 million-winning  Riches scratch-off.
  • And finally, a retailer in Franklin County sold a $1 million-winning Extreme Cash scratch-off.

DraftKings has a new app just for online casino

DraftKings recently launched a mobile casino app for Pennsylvania. Users can link accounts across DFS, sports betting, and casino sites and have a shared wallet.

For now, the DraftKings app is available on iOS. It should have a live dealer option soon, DraftKing reps confirmed.

The online casino had a big online winner in July, who cashed in $50,000 on a $7.50 wager playing 100,000 Pyramid.

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Valley Forge Casino

At Valley Forge, which is associated with FanDuel online casino, Philadelphia native Jonathan F won a $785,427 jackpot playing the Super 4 Progressive Blackjack side bet on the night of July 9.

It’s the biggest jackpot reported at the King of Prussia casino since it reopened on Friday, June 26.

The Super 4 Progressive side bet wager wins when the dealer has a blackjack and the combination of the dealer’s blackjack AND the player’s two cards qualifies for the 100% progressive bonus.

Online casino jackpot winners at BetRivers, SugarHouse & Hollywood

BetRivers and sister site SugarHouse also had some attractive wins at online slots recently:

  • A $7.00 bet won $139,590.25 on the Divine Fortune progressive slot.
  • Also, a $7.50 bet won $50,180.25 on Capitals Gains.
  • A $2.25 wager won $13,737.65 on Lion Festival.
  • A mere 25  cents bet won $1,678.85 on 300 Shields Extreme.

And Hollywood Casino had a nice Divine fortune jackpot in July that yielded $123,565.

The big wins in PA just keep on coming.

No Dice: Why Can’t You Play Craps at PA Online Casinos?

Online casinos in Pennsylvania are growing stronger in total bets, revenue, and game offerings, but why is it that you still can’t play craps online in PA?

The craps tables are usually the most lively spots on the gaming floor.

Before social distancing and player limits, it packed people to gather around the non-stop action.

When casinos closed in mid-March to slow the spread of coronavirus, players went online where they found similar land-based slot titles and table games.

Except something was missing at all PA online casinos: Craps.

Online craps approved in PA, but operators not offering it

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Director of Communication Doug Harbach said that there is an approved craps game for online play. However, none of the iGaming operators are offering it.

“It appears to be a business decision by the license holders.”

A spokesperson from DraftKings said:

“We explore all options to create the most dynamic iGaming experience for our customers.”

When some other operators were asked for comment, they declined.

An industry source said it’s hard to recreate the land-based experience online with craps.

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Craps at New Jersey online casinos

In New Jersey, five iGaming operators have craps as an option. However, the game is only available to play via desktop and not mobile. The minimum bet is $1 and the max bet ranges from $50 to $500.

  • Virgin Casino (Craps – Gamesys)
  • Tropicana Casino (Craps – Gamesys)
  • Pala Casino (Craps – NYX Gaming)
  • Borgata Casino (Craps Pro)
  • Party Casino (Craps Pro)

Difference between playing craps online and at a land-based casino

Pre-COVID-19, patrons crowded the craps table. During visits to some PA casinos during their reopening days, some players were lined up (socially distanced) waiting their turn for a spot. Perhaps the biggest difference is there is no wait to play craps online.

Here are some big differences between online vs. land-based craps:

  1. You can’t quite duplicate the energy of the craps table – the yelling, clapping, and personalities – online.
  2. Table minimums are much lower online ($1). In PA brick-and-mortar casinos, a $10 minimum on a weekday is common.
  3. Craps is a fast-paced game that is intimidating to newcomers. Online, players can adjust the pace to suit them.
  4. A regular craps player might choose to play faster. Some online craps have a turbo option which eliminates the simulated dice roll. It reveals the end result immediately, so players can speed up the action online.
  5. All PA online casinos have deposit bonuses. Your bankroll thus starts a bit higher than it would if you just walked into a casino.
  6. In the current climate of virus concerns, you won’t be touching dice that others have handled in the online version.

Online casinos a welcome addition to PA

All casinos in Pennsylvania shut down in mid-March to slow the spread of coronavirus. After over one hundred days dark, they began to reopen in June.

As only one of four states with legal iGaming, the relatively new vertical in Pennsylvania experienced record-breaking revenue in May and June. Currently, table game offerings at the state’s online casinos consist of Blackjack, Roulette, and Baccarat. Also, online poker via the state’s sole operator (for now) saw a surge in play during the live poker and casino shutdown.

After recording $43.1 million iGaming revenue in April, it grew to $55.8 million in May, a 35.5% month-over-month increase. June saw a slight dip, but it was still the second-best month for online gaming in PA.

PA online casino numbers in June, compared to May:

  • Slots brought in nearly $1.03 billion in total bets and $36.8 million in revenue. (May: $1.1 billion in total bets and $38.8 million in revenue.)
  • Table games attracted $635.7 million in wagers and $10.0 million in revenue. (May: $778.5 million in wagers and $12.4 million in revenue.)

Can you play Craps online in Pennsylvania?

The short answer is not yet, but it’s far from out of the question in PA. Especially considering there is a PGCB-approved online craps game and NJ offers online craps.

Additionally, recent safety concerns associated with social distancing and sharing dice at live casinos could provide more motivation for online operators to add the game to their offerings.

FanDuel Launches Stand-Alone Online Casino App In PA, Catering To New Clientele

FanDuel expands its Pennsylvania offerings with a new online casino app available on iOS and Android. Find all the offerings and a sign-up bonus here.

Get ready, Pennsylvania, because FanDuel just launched its premier stand-alone online casino app on June 23.

The new FanDuel casino app comes out of a partnership with Boyd Gaming and land-based partner Valley Forge Casino.

FanDuel’s General Manager and Vice President of Casino Jesse Chemtob stated in a press release:

“Pennsylvania is a really exciting state for us, as it represents the first state where we’ve introduced FanDuel Casino alongside our FanDuel Sportsbook product.

We’ve seen great engagement and interest with our FanDuel Casino product amongst our sportsbook customers to date, and we view this product evolution as a natural next step to provide a full-service gaming experience to our Pennsylvania customers.”

If you are a new FanDuel casino player, get your first 24 hours of play for free, up to $200. This means that FanDuel refunds any losses up to $200 during your first 24 hours, giving you a chance to try out its games risk-free.

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How to download the PA FanDuel casino app

For FanDuel customers already using the online sportsbook platform, there’s no need to worry. The FanDuel online casino is still accessible within the sportsbook app. Also, if you are already registered, go ahead and use the same login info on the FanDuel PA casino app.

iOS and Android platforms are both supported, and the app is easy to download through FanDuel’s website. However, there are a few extra steps to take for Android installation.

Installation for Android devices

Android users need to download the app directly from the FanDuel main website. The Google Play store currently does not support gambling apps, but the beauty of playing on a fully legalized and regulated PA online casino site is that your funds and personal information are 100% secure and safe.

Next, select the “fanduel.apk” file under your Android notifications. You will need to tap “Settings” when the security settings appear. Then, select the “Unknown Sources” box. Finally, head to Downloads on your Android device and click “Install.”

PA FanDuel online casino table games

The FanDuel online casino app currently offers many popular table games. The most popular is blackjack, a favorite among many sports betting customers. Table games include:

  • Blackjack 
  • American Roulette Touch
  • European Roulette Touch
  • Blackjack Classic PA 
  • French Roulette 
  • Baccarat

FanDuel PA online casino slot titles

For now, the FanDuel online casino in Pennsylvania has 21 slot titles and Game King Video Poker. You can find some of the most popular online slot games at FanDuel,  and more offerings and games will be added shortly.

Here’s a full list of FanDuel casino app slots as of July 2, 2020.

  • Starburst 
  • Asgardian Stones 
  • Divine Fortune 
  • Gonzo’s Quest Touch
  • Blood Suckers 
  • Dead or Alive 
  • Butterfly Staxx 
  • Cleopatra 
  • Crown Egypt 
  • Triple Diamond 
  • Da Vinci Diamonds 
  • Double Diamond 
  • Jumanji 
  • Butterfly Staxx 2 
  • Guns N’ Roses 
  • Mercy of the Gods 
  • Blood Suckers 2 
  • Treasures of Troy 
  • Red Hot Tamales 
  • Wheel of Fortune: Triple Extreme Spin 
  • Triple Red Hot 7 Free Games 

FanDuel has led PA in table games revenue since July 2019

According to PlayPennsylvania, FanDuel has consistently produced the top gaming revenue numbers to beat out its competitors in table games profits since its debut.

As Chemtob explained to PlayPennsylvania, FanDuel hopes to build on that early success with the launch of the Keystone State’s first stand-alone online casino app:

“We are happy with the results so far, but there is a larger market, rather than just sports bettors or table games players.

There is a much bigger online casino market we are trying to tap into. We want to offer a product to those players who are looking for a bit of a different experience than what you might find within a sportsbook app.”

PA iGaming Rides The Wave To More Than $55 Million In May Revenue

Online casinos in Pennsylvania continued to flourish in May with land-based options closed, reaching new highs in revenue and total wagers.

More than a billion, yes, billion with a ‘B’ was wagered on online slots in May. Pennsylvania posted a staggering record for online slot wagering at $1,064,660,897 in May.

Online gaming climbs with land-based betting closed

Revenue was $38.8 million during the month for online slots. The amount wagered on interactive table games was $778.5 million, with revenue of more than $12.4 million.

Adding in the revenue of nearly $4.6 million for online poker in PA, iGaming revenue reached a record $55.8 million in May. PokerStars PA remains the sole live poker operation in PA.

Shuttered land-based wagering generated no revenue while online revenue set a record again for the fourth straight month.

Online sports wagering made a solid contribution given lack of action

Online sports wagering saw $77.5 million in wagers, with $5.9 million in revenue, remarkable given how few the sportsbetting options were in May. That’s a 69% increase from a year ago.

Tax revenue from all forms of gaming in May 2020 was $25.76 million.

Record for online

Gamblers adapted to retail shutdowns with online games – slot machines, table games, and poker – jumping 30% over April 2020, which was a record in its own right, according to data released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB.)

A complete breakdown of  May revenue, including slots and tables games by operator (online gaming license holder), can be found here:

Casino OperatorTotal RevenueTable Games revenueSlots revenue
Rivers Philly (SugarHouse & BetRivers)$17.6 million$2.5 million$15.1 million
Valley Forge (FanDuel)$8.0 million$3.3 million$4.7 million
Mt. Airy (PokerStars & FOXBet)$6.3 million$2.6 million$3.7 million
Penn National (Hollywood & DraftKings)$9.0 million$1.9 million$7.1 million
Parx Casino$6.9 million$1.4 million$5.5 million
Mohegan Sun Pocono (Unibet)$2.4 million$607,000$1.8 million
Presque Isle Downs (BetAmerica)$137,000$84,000$54,000
Harrah's Philly (Caesars)$931,000$30,000$901,000
Totals:$51.2 million$12.4 million$38.8 million

Casinos begin to reopen in June

Land-based gaming options were all shuttered for the entire month. Three casinos have reopened so far in June. Schedules for reopening the remaining nine gambling halls are beginning to trickle in.

Due to the closures, overall gaming revenue was down 79% in May of this year compared to May 2019.

The more than $55.8 million May online casino revenue figure was more than double the revenue generated from those games in March when revenue hit nearly $24.9 million. All brick-and-mortar casinos were closed in PA by March 17.

Top interactive sites

The biggest interactive operators were Penn National, including sites Hollywood and DraftKings, Rivers Philly which includes BetRivers and PlaySugarHouse, and Valley Forge which partners with FanDuel.

Rivers Philly accounted for $17.6 million in revenue, $15.1 million coming from slots.

Penn National accounted for $9 million, with $7.1 million from slots. DraftKings debuted in PA on May 1, launching under the Penn online casino license.

And Valley Forge (FanDuel) had revenue of $8 million, $4.7 million from slots.

Next month will begin to show revenue for retail locations once again. The question is how much, given the shift to online wagering for three months.

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