BetMGM PA Offering Points For Casino & Sportsbook Play, Both Online & In-Person

New MGM Rewards program available to BetMGM players in PA. Offers points based on casino & sportsbook play online and in-person.

One of the best rewards programs available to players in Pennsylvania is at BetMGM, and now they are bringing together both worlds, online & on-site casino experiences.

The newly renamed MGM Rewards offers points based on the play of online casino games and PA sportsbook action on top of the points you can also earn at any MGM brick and mortar location. The rewards can then be redeemed at MGM’s locations, like Borgata (for those looking to get out of the house for a change of pace).

Online gaming in PA offers players all the excitement of their favorite games with the convenience of playing at home. However, most people don’t have roving cocktail waitresses or sumptuous buffets at their domiciles. Luckily, the new MGM Rewards program serves as the digital equivalent of comps earned at brick and mortar locations

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Welcome to MGM Rewards

For the first time, non-gaming members will join their gaming counterparts and earn a currency – MGM Rewards Points – connecting BetMGM’s loyalty program throughout the country and providing all members earn perks at resorts from Bellagio, ARIA, MGM Grand, and Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas; to Borgata in Atlantic City; Beau Rivage in Mississippi; and MGM National Harbor in Maryland, amongst many others.

“The enhancements we’ve introduced with MGM Rewards are rooted in feedback shared by our members and allow us to invest in providing members progressively more valuable benefits at each tier. Our unique rewards offer significant incentives for guests to achieve at every level from Sapphire to NOIR,” said Anil Mansukhani, MGM Resorts’ Vice President of Loyalty Marketing.

“With our unparalleled collection of resorts and premier partnerships, MGM Rewards is a superior loyalty rewards program that enhances our members’ experiences nationwide.”

Enhancements make MGM Rewards one of the gaming and entertainment industry’s most competitive loyalty rewards programs. Highlights include:

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  • MGM Rewards offers greater earning potential with the PA BetMGM online casino and at any MGM Resorts’ brick and mortar locations.
  • Slot players will enjoy more ways to earn as they receive both MGM Rewards Points and Slot Dollars for slot play
  • Table games players can celebrate because they now earn MGM Rewards Points at all MGM Rewards destinations

NEW Superior Benefits:

    • Waived resort fees with direct bookings
    • Late check-out until 4 p.m. 
    • Tier Achievement Travel Credit to Las Vegas
    • Complimentary MGM Rewards concerts in Las Vegas with top-name artists
    • Unmatched perks, including the tier-match benefits with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts as well as free cruises with onboard loyalty benefits when cruising on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises
    • Streamlined earning rates across the company

Traditional games offer the most straightforward option. Player receive one credit per:

Sports Fans Rejoice

PA Sports bettors can turn their mobile and online wagers into real-world experiences by earning Tier Credits and BetMGM Rewards Points for every wager placed on the  BetMGM sports betting app in PA.

The amount rewarded is based on the type of bet, amount bet, and odds. BetMGM has not released the formula used to determine the payouts. However, here are a few examples we’ve seen in the past:

Bet Type Wager Amount Single/Parlay Odds Base iRPs Earned Tier Credits
Straight Bets $50 Single -100 9.5 9.5
Parlay Bet $25 Parlay +300 20 20
Futures Bet $100 Single +1100 30 30

The points last for 180 days after acquisition. Make sure to check frequently to see if thresholds for various reward opportunities have been reached

The Tiers

BetMGM offers five levels of rewards for players. The placing is based on the number of credits earned over 12 months. Players can redeem their MGM Rewards at any MGM location.

Here’s a rundown of how to earn credits and the various tiers for players:

  • Sapphire: Everyone starts at this level and it offers players some discounts and exclusive opportunities at MGM locations. Points can be used for bonuses, like cash rewards, express comps, and free wagers at the online casino. 
  • Pearl: Earn 25,000 tier credits to reach the next level. This gives players a 10 percent credit bonus on all wagers made online. It also grants free self-parking and premium access lines at the buffets at MGM properties. All active military service members, National Guards, Reservists, and veterans are welcome to join at this tier.
  • Gold: 75,000 credits bump players up to this level. This offers 20 percent bonuses on credits from online wagers. It also means extra benefits at MGM resorts, like complimentary valet parking, priority check-in, and access to special dining reservations. 
  • Platinum: This is rarefied air. Players must earn 200,000 credits to gain this level, which grants 30 percent bonuses to points from online play. This also includes priority access to taxi and valet services, 15 percent off at retail locations on BetMGM properties, late check-outs, one annual suite upgrade for Las Vegas resort stays, and even a free annual cruise for players! (COVID-related restrictions may impact that). Platinum and below players can redeem their points for up to $5,000 in cash rewards.
  • Noir: Invite-only. This is the top-level and means more than 40 percent bonuses on wager-based credits. Players can redeem up to $10,000 in cash rewards. Limo transports between airports and properties, guaranteed hotel and dining reservations, free stays, VIP lounges, all available. We might even see some Noir-level players with Jamie Foxx in ads soon. 

Mastercard Money

Players can also earn rewards with the MGM Rewards Mastercard. Get triple points and tier credits for spending at MGM properties, and double for gas and grocery purchases.

We understand there are a lot of online gaming options in PA. Pennsylvania has become a very competitive marketplace. M Life Rewards certainly offers interesting opportunities for players, along with the chances to redeem rewards at some of the best casinos on the East Coast.


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Killer Crossovers: BetMGM & Unibet Feature Paired Sportsbook/Casino Promotions

Crossovers are an essential part of sports. Now Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks and betting apps are getting good at their own crossover moves.

Crossovers are an essential part of sports.

Allen Iverson had a great one. Michael Jordan used one to beat the Utah Jazz for his sixth championship. And some athletes have even crossed over off the court.

Jordan and LeBron James made SpaceJam films. Shaquille O’ Neal made both music and movies. Damian Lillard raps.

And now Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks and betting apps are getting good at their own crossover moves. But in this realm, the crossover is an incentive that pairs MGM sportsbook and UniBet casino promotions.

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BetMGM is one brand that has a crossover promotion live now. Players who bet $10 or more on the BetMGM Sportsbook can get $20 Freeplay at the BetMGM Casino. The offer is valid every Thursday, Sunday, and Monday through January 9th.

Here are the rest of the details.

  • Sign in to your BetMGM account every Thursday, Sunday, and Monday through January 9, 2022.
  • Opt into the Ten for Twenty promotion.
  • Once opted in, wager $10 or more on BetMGM Sports to get your free bet.
  • Earn $20 free play on BetMGM Casino after you bet the required $10 on BetMGM Sports and the wager has been settled.
  • In order to receive the $20 free play bonus, all bets for this promotion must be placed and settled on the same promotional day on which the player opts-in.

Unibet offers Fun-day Sundays and Mondays

Over at Unibet, the site features some excellent crossover promotions for football fans, including “Eagles Sunday Fundays”. On Sundays, players who wager at least $25 in the Eagles-branded blackjack Unibet casino game can get some extra money in the sportsbook.

Here’s the fine print:

  • Wager $25+ cash on Eagles Blackjack, then receive a free $10 sportsbook bet.
  • Promotion Period: Sundays each week from 12:01 AM EST – 11:59 PM EST.
  • Players can only qualify once per week.
  • Qualifying players will receive their sportsbook free bet the following Tuesday at 5:00 PM EST.

In addition, Unibet’s “Hail Mary Mondays” can help parlay players earn some bonus cash for every touchdown scored on Monday Night Football. The details are below:

  • Bet a minimum of $25 cash on a single game parlay bet for select Monday Night Football games.
  • Win or lose, you will get a $2 casino bonus(s) for every Touchdown (TD) scored.
  • Eligible games for this promotion will be specified. Play all 4 full quarters to be eligible.
  • Eligible players will be able to see their casino bonus(s) within 72 hours.

Monday’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns has an over/under of 41 points, setting up a number of potential bonus payouts for Unibet’s parlay players.

Check your favorite sportsbook or app for additional crossover promotions

Many other sportsbooks have also offered crossover promotions as well, so check back often for new deals and incentives. Because you don’t need YouTube highlights of Jordan or Iverson to find some great crossovers.

Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks and betting apps have some right here, so now you have exactly what you need.

And combined with the right player, they can be a winning move.


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Tis The Season To Play at PokerStars Casino in PA

Stars Casino PA is celebrating the holidays with a variety great offers. 5 Days of Christmas promo: claim a new bonus every day for 5 days.

Looking to get a little extra something for yourself this holiday season? Good, because Stars Casino (by PokerStars) has a little extra holiday spirit this year, so they created a brand new promo for PA players: 5 Days of Christmas!

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How Do The Stars Casino Holiday Promotions Work?

Starting Wednesday, December 22 through Saturday, December 26, Stars Casino PA is giving you the opportunity to enjoy a holiday bonus on each and every day of the promotion.

5 days, 5 offers, 5 ways to cash in… and one Merry Christmas:

  • 12/22: Bet Boost – Get 25% boost on 5 winning casino bets, up to $25
  • 12/23: $5 Bet Insurance – 100% back on net losses of your first bet after opt-in, up to $5
  • 12/24: Bet $20, Get Two Bonuses – Bet $20, Get $5 Spin & Go ticket + 25 Free Spins
  • 12/25: $5 Free Bonus – $5 Bonus. No strings attached. Opt-in required
  • 12/26: 20% Deposit Bonus – Get 20% more for your deposit when you deposit at least $20

Tis’ the season to win! Come back each day to claim your bonuses and try to unwrap the gift of cold, hard cash. Have a happy holiday and remember to gamble responsibly.

Food-Themed Online Slots If You Still Have Room on Thanksgiving Day

No more turkey & still hungry for more? Here are some favorite food-themed online slots PA players can cash in on after Thanksgiving dinner!

Too much turkey? But still hungry for some slot action in the palm of your hands while waiting for your slice of the pie? PAOnlineCasino has some tasty tidbits offered by online casinos in Pennsylvania to keep you entertained before or after dessert. Here are some popular food-themed slots for PA online casino players to enjoy!

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BetMGM has the whole kitchen, well Hell’s Kitchen

At BetMGM, let’s start with the whole kitchen. Well, make that celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay‘s Hell’s Kitchen, which may describe many a kitchen in the throes of meal prep for dozen or more, some of whom look only vaguely familiar.

The slot title is a trusted NetEnt game based on Ramsay’s wildly popular kitchen contest TV show. It is a five-reel game with 20 ways to win, bright food visuals, and banter straight from the chef.

The return to player ratio is 96.07% and is a popular player favorite. The max payout is X1,000. Sadly, there are no Ramsay-branded restaurants in any of the Commonwealth’s casinos.

Big Piggy Bonus is a new game from Inspired Gaming and is quite popular. The RTP is 95%. But the max payout is X1,250, which explains its appeal. The game features a bright pink pig. Maybe it is supposed to be a bank, but I keep thinking ham.

If you are a traditionalist, there’s also Wild Turkey, another NetEnt title with a return to player of 96.6%, 20 paylines, and five reels. There is a tribe of turkeys at large, worshipping wild symbols and offering free spins.

On the sweet side, Sugar Surge and Donuts. But Incredible Technologies Sugar Surge’s RTP isn’t that sweet at just 94.25%, though. Donuts percentage is better at 96.5. Random Donut Boxes act as multipliers.

SugarHouse offers a spicy slot

At SugarHouse, Jumpin Jalapenos from Konami has 30 paylines and an RTP of 96.04%.

The game plays out in a Mexican village. There’s an angry bull, tacos, and a hot pepper eating contest on this penny slot.

A man in a sombrero is the wild symbol, and there are scatters and free spins. A big win triggers fireworks bursting on the screen. The max payout is a low X500.

Keeping with the non-traditional food play, SugarHouse also has Hey Sushi with a progressive jackpot created by Habanero. A crab is the game’s wild symbol and there is a sushi platter scatter. Max win is X1,304 and the RTP is 96.71%. There are five reels and 25 paylines, plus multipliers and free spins.

Unibet vamps it up with slot offering high RTP

Unibet has set the table with different sorts of food-themed slots. That is the bloody vampire-themed Blood Suckers slot from NetEnt.

There are five reels, three rows, and 25 fixed paylines and it has been around for more than a decade. Maybe that’s because the game has a leading RTP of 98%. Plus, there is haunting music and just a taste of creepiness, such as a male vampire chomping on a maiden’s neck. The max payout is X1,014.

Caesars is Rakin’ Bacon with this food-themed slot

Caesars has a tasty food title with Rakin’ Bacon. The game features fattening a pig until the porker explodes with a win. The RTP is 95.89%, there are five reels and 243 paylines, and a progressive jackpot.

And seeing the golden pig blow up is strangely entertaining.

FanDuel seals the meal with addictive Candy Bars

FanDuel closes out our food-themed slots quest with Candy Bars with five reels and 40 paylines. There are progressive jackpots in three sizes, scatters, wilds, and multipliers, but an RTP of just 94.89%.

The simple IGT game, a fixture in land-based casinos, is played by filling canisters with sweet treats. There are four reels and as many as 50 paylines, wilds, and upbeat music.

Unibet Launches New Pittsburgh Steelers-Themed Games For Pennsylvania Casino

Unibet Online Casino has been on a bit of a roll in the state of Pennsylvania. They recently announced a partnership with the Pittsburgh Steelers and its taken them no time to turn around and put that partnership to work. PA online casino players will be quite thrilled to learn that there has already been a new game launch, Unibet Steelers Blackjack live dealer game.

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Live dealer casino games are all the rage these days as they allow customers to bet online but get a feeling like they’re actually in a casino.

Games like Blackjack are played with a live dealer, who is usually sitting somewhere in the casino, but you get to play from the comfort of your own home. While you can see and interact with them, they can’t see you.

Unibet has added a new twist to this popular game to their online casino in Pennsylvania as they’re adding a Pittsburgh Steelers flavor to it. Now fans of the team will be able to play with the live dealer in a version that’s themed around their favorite team.

Unibet offers limited Holiday release

If you’re a big fan of holiday-themed games, you might want to head over to Unibet and play some of the new games and promos while they’re around. They’re only going to be available for a limited time.

Halloween Spooktacular is a promo that allows you to get a daily bonus match between $5 and $15 – assuming you bet $10 in total during the promotional period. That’s if you’re playing Blood Suckers I or II.

Also, you can get a bonus on Sundays when you play on the Philadelphia Eagles-themed Blackjack. If you play at least $25 worth in Blackjack, you’ll get a $10 free bet at Unibet sportsbook.

What Does DraftKings Purchase of Golden Nugget Online Gaming Mean For Pennsylvania?

A recently announced DraftKings Golden Nugget takeover has implications for the future of online casino gambling in Pennsylvania.

There’s so much inside baseball to the DraftKings Golden Nugget takeover that an MLB umpire might issue it a warning. However, there are also some nuggets that the average Pennsylvania online casino player should be aware of.

Those include what this means for the ongoing wait for one of the most popular online casino brands finally going live in PA, what could change with DraftKings Casino in PA, and whether the changes will be a net benefit to players.

Details of the DraftKings Golden Nugget purchase

On Monday, DraftKings announced an all-stock play for Golden Nugget Online Gaming (GNOG). Since Fertitta Entertainment spun GNOG off and took the company public last year, this might have been the desired result all along.

The value of the DraftKings stock that will change hands, upon regulatory approval, is around $1.56 billion. GNOG CEO Tillman Fertitta will be the recipient of most of that value. In addition, Fertitta will take a seat on DraftKings’ board.

The company expects the transaction to close sometime early next year. In exchange for the stock and giving Fertitta some say in the company, DraftKings gets one of the strongest online casino brands in the country.

In Pennsylvania right now, that doesn’t have much relevance. Despite being fully licensed and approved, Golden Nugget has yet to launch its online casino app in PA. Could DraftKings’ takeover hasten that launch? That depends on your frame of reference.

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Will DraftKings light a fire under Golden Nugget PA?

Given that regulators still need to approve this transaction, immediate action on this front is quite unlikely. It simply wouldn’t make sense to mobilize the necessary resources to launch in a new market with an ownership change pending.

However, once the acquisition closes, that might be a different story. It would also be illogical to invest over a billion dollars into a product and not activate every possible avenue for recouping that investment. The online casino market in PA represents one such avenue.

DraftKings could use its resources to immediately begin working on taking Golden Nugget online casino live in PA. That might include launching the casino under a name like “Golden Nugget Casino by DraftKings.” However, that’s pure speculation right now.

What seems less speculative is how the two brands could co-exist in PA under the same roof. In fact, PA online casino players have already seen this exact phenomenon already.

What BetMGM and Borgata tell us about the future

In PA, BetMGM Casino and Borgata Casino are the equivalents of “siblings.” MGM operates and owns both brands. For that reason, players on both apps often see identical promotions and the same exclusive game titles. Players on both apps also can participate in the M Life rewards program.

Once Golden Nugget is live in PA, players on that app and DraftKings Casino might see some of the same collaborations. Games that are exclusive to DraftKings Casino and Golden Nugget Casino might become available on both platforms.

Additionally, players might be able to earn and use DraftKings Crowns on either casino app. What seems quite certain is that if and when DraftKings does take Golden Nugget Casino live in PA, it will support that rollout with plenty of advertising and introductory bonuses for new customers.

The same thing will likely apply past the initial period in regard to promotions. There could be a lot of crossover between the two brands. Is the possible rollout of a DraftKings-owned Golden Nugget Casino in PA a win for DraftKings or players? The answer could be both.

The upsides of DraftKings purchase of Golden Nugget

DraftKings Casino is already among the market leaders in PA. If it launches Golden Nugget Casino and that brand starts taking market share away from competitors, that’s obviously a win for DraftKings.

As long as those competitors are determined to fight for that market share and not succumb to DraftKings’ pilfering, players stand to benefit from that contest. The sparring for position might mean more frequent and lucrative deals for players to get in on.

Naturally, should DraftKings become too much of a behemoth in the PA online casino game, that could have a detrimental effect on players’ bankrolls. The incentive to make games with a better return-to-player percentage, for example, disappears.

The parties that stand to lose the most from the DraftKings Golden Nugget takeover could be the other online casino providers in PA. For the here and now, players should just watch the news to see if DraftKings has any more to say about Golden Nugget’s future in PA.

Stars Aligned: PlayStar Online Casino Set To Make Pennsylvania Its Second US Market

PlayStar online casino Pennsylvania is on the way thanks to deals with Caesars and the Gaming Innovation Group.

The “stars” have aligned for PlayStar online casino to make its way to Pennsylvania. It means that there’s no more question about whether Pennsylvania online casino players ever have an 18th option. It’s now just a matter of when. PlayStar online casino Pennsylvania has a path into the market and is now working on getting regulatory approval.

Assuming that licensure comes through, PA will be the second US jurisdiction to welcome PlayStar within its borders. The casino’s operator is confident that it brings something unique despite the number of competitors that have preceded it.

Details on PlayStar online casino Pennsylvania

Caesars is providing market access in this case. PlayStar recently announced that deal and the expansion of its collaboration with the Gaming Innovation Group.

“We are delighted to be partnering with GiG to power PlayStar’s expansion into Pennsylvania,” stated PlayStar CEO Per Hellberg. “With our preparations firmly underway for our New Jersey launch with GiG, it was a natural progression to leverage that work and replicate our casino offering over the border in Pennsylvania. This will mark the second market entrance for PlayStar in the USA with GiG and we’re looking forward to launching a casino experience like no other.”

Both GiG and PlayStar already have licenses for online casino operations in New Jersey. Ocean Casino in Atlantic City is providing a path into NJ for PlayStar. The company hopes to launch its product in NJ later this year. Currently, PlayStart is targeting the first half of 2022 for going live in PA.

GiG’s online casino platform touts itself as employing mobile-first technology. Thus, it seems safe to assume that the PA PlayStar product will offer both Android and iOS apps. Of course, PlayStar is sure to accommodate players who prefer to use a desktop computer as well.

When the NJ product goes live, PA players will have a better idea of what’s coming to their side of the border. That launch will provide answers to several questions.

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What NJ products can tell us about the future

It’s still too early to make any definitive calls on several elements of PlayStar in PA. Those include:

  • Does PlayStar offer craps and live dealer games?
  • How many slot titles does the menu contain?
  • Terms of welcome bonuses and other offers
  • What kind of loyalty/rewards program will the casino include?
  • Which deposit and withdrawal methods does PlayStar offer?

Naturally, these facets of the product will differ somewhat based on regulatory differences between NJ and PA. Bet365 Casino also operates on the GiG platform in NJ, so that can afford some clues as to what PlayStar might look like.

Bet365 in NJ accepts a wide variety of payment forms, like ACH payments, debit cards, and PayPal. It has a competitive introductory offer for new customers of a 100% deposit match up to $500. Perhaps most notably, Bet365 does not offer any kind of loyalty or rewards program for its NJ online casino players.

Another way in which Bet365 may pale in comparison to its NJ competitors is the sheer volume of game titles. For example, it only offers one progressive jackpot slot game, Divine Fortune.

That doesn’t mean PlayStar won’t boast a robust selection in PA when it goes live, though. GiG says its platform is capable of handling a bigger load and is highly customizable for operators, including the capability for a rewards program. There’s no doubt that GiG and PlayStar are excited about getting into PA thanks to Caesars, too.

Another European company getting into PA

GiG, which operates out of Malta and is listed by two separate European stock exchanges, looks forward to expanding its business in the US. On top of NJ and PA, the company also has certification in Iowa.

“We are very excited to continue our expansion into the third US state, in particular Pennsylvania that has shown a tremendous amount of growth in the iGaming market in a relatively short time period,” said GiG CEO Richard Brown. “We also believe the plans that PlayStar have with the customer-centric and product-driven approach connect very well with GiG’s B2B offering and strategy and we look forward to helping them achieve their ambitions.”

In this way, GiG follows other European companies like IGT, which provides games for several PA casino operators, and Unibet. While they’re certainly not the first European gambling entity to enter PA, they are aiming to be the best.

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A Big Gulp and a Bigger Win: Largest PA Jackpot Ever Claimed by Five-Member Group With Ticket Purchased at 7-11

The biggest Pennsylvania’s biggest jackpot ever was claimed by a Bucks County group. Pennsylvania Lottery on pace for record fiscal year.

A stop at a 7-Eleven and a Quick Pick ticket brought home Pennsylvania’s biggest jackpot ever.

Last week, a five-member group from Levittown claimed the winning Mega Millions ticket from the May 21 drawing that had an annuity value of $516 million. It was the largest jackpot in the history of Pennsylvania’s lottery prizes.

The group formed the Peace of Mind Trust to claim the winning ticket and opted for the lump-sum payment of $348.6 million. After a 24-percent federal tax and a 3.07 percent state tax, the trust will share $254.2 million.

It’s an eye-popping, life-changing, big gulp-inducing total.

Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko said in a press release:

“The Pennsylvania Lottery congratulates the big winners of this historic jackpot. We tell our players all the time that it only takes one ticket to have a chance (for) a life-changing jackpot…This Mega Millions win is a reminder of that fact. This is the largest jackpot ever won in Pennsylvania, and that’s also great news for the older Pennsylvanians who benefit from the programs the Pennsylvania Lottery funds.”

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Ninth-largest Mega Millions jackpot ticket sold in Bucks County

The 7-Eleven on Trenton Road in Levittown in Bucks County sold the winning ticket which matched all five white balls drawn (6-9-17-18-48) and the yellow Mega Ball 8.

Overall, it was the ninth-largest jackpot since the Mega Millions game began in 2002. The odds of winning were approximately 1 in 302 million.

But it only takes that one.

Attorneys Kurt Panouses and Christopher Mahoney, who represent the newly-formed Peace of Mind Trust, said in a statement from the news release:

“This is life-changing generational money. The winners live in small communities in eastern Pennsylvania and desire to keep their lives as normal as possible. Maintaining anonymity is key to ensuring that normalcy. The winning ticket was a Quick Pick.”

Mega Millions is played in 45 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The most recent run in Pennsylvania (from February 19 to May 21) generated $41.5 million in sales. It created tax revenue of $16.6 million to benefit older Pennsylvanians.

The next jackpot, which is estimated at $94 million, will be drawn on Friday night. Tickets can be purchased at lottery retailers or online/in-app for those with iLottery accounts.

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PA Lottery on pace for record fiscal year

Despite a pandemic that disrupted many elements of normal life, Pennsylvania Lottery’s fiscal year should produce record profits and tax revenues.

Pennsylvania Lottery’s projections for the fiscal year (which ended ended on June 30), estimated that traditional lottery sales would surpass $5 billion. Projections for online lottery games estimated sales of over $900 million. Those totals would provide more than $1.3 billion to programs that benefit older Pennsylvanians.

The state couldn’t afford to lose that revenue stream during the pandemic. Thankfully, the PA Lottery’s employees were up to the challenge. They adapted operations to ensure the lottery’s daily drawings continued, safeguarding the support provided to the state’s older citizens.

PA Gov. Tom Wolf highlighted the drawings staff at the PA Lottery as part of a new Profiles in Service Series. The distinction spotlights the work of state employees who provide quality public services and overcome operational challenges created by the pandemic.

Lottery Drawings Manager Rachel Feitelson said in the press release:

“One of the main challenges we had to overcome was to figure out how to continue to do the drawings, while following our procedures and the CDC Guidelines. The team worked together. We were able to come up with ways to keep everybody safe and still get the job done, get it done properly and correctly. There was no doubt that we wouldn’t do the drawings.”

Overall, the PA Lottery has a staff of roughly 275 employees. Their collective efforts have kept the state lottery and the various programs it supports as a vibrant asset for Pennsylvania’s revenues.

PA Lottery’s online games continue strong performance

At present, the Pennsylvania Lottery is seeing growth in almost all of its game categories. Scratch-off tickets remain the most popular product. The lottery is also benefiting from the Powerball and Mega Millions multi-state jackpots that generate significant sales.

In addition, the state’s iLottery games have also been incredibly popular during the pandemic. Players can access the games on their computer, tablet or mobile device, right from their homes.

It all adds up to record numbers.

With the massive Mega Millions win and the fiscal year projections, it’s been a strong stretch for the Pennsylvania Lottery. The success is even more impressive considering all the obstacles and challenges that everyone encountered.

Now, with the pandemic’s disruptions nearing an end, it’s possible the PA Lottery’s next fiscal year could be even better.

Even brighter days and more big jackpots – like those brought by a 7-Eleven Quick Pick – will be waiting up ahead.

Pennsylvania Online Casinos Packed And Ready For Summer 2021 With Promos and Bonuses

With the onset of summer just a few days away, Pennsylvania online casino promotions are ready to help players stay cool as the temps rise.

Pennsylvania casinos are resuming normal operations and dropping mask mandates for vaccinated guests. But that doesn’t mean PA online casinos aren’t still vying for gamblers’ attention. On the contrary, Pennsylvania online casino promotions and bonus offers are heating up.

Limited-time deals for in-app play on Blackjack, roulette, slots, and video poker are ready for your perusal right now. Given the volume of legal casino apps in PA and how eager their operators are to secure your wagers, summer 2021 looks to be a great time to be an online gambler in PA.

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  • Sign-up bonuses

Pennsylvania online casino promotions for BetMGM and Borgata players

While these brands maintain separate customer rolls due to operating under different licenses, MGM owns both brands. Thus, you’ll see many of the same features and games on both apps. The least of those isn’t participation in MGM’s M Life Rewards program. You can earn points in that system on both/either app(s).

Current promotions: The Coin Flip promo is currently active on both apps. It’s pretty straightforward, too. Call which side a virtual coin will land on and if you’re right, you get prizes of site credit in various denominations. Both apps are also offering a Play & Earn promo with extra rewards of up to $200 but on Borgata PA Casino, that promo is only good on Thursdays. BetMGM is also running a deal around the Fjord of Riches Roulette Pro SP. Wager at least $10 and you will get $5 in free play.

New member sign-up bonuses: BetMGM PA Casino offers $25 in free play to all new accounts and a 100% match of your first deposit up to $1,000. Borgata’s introductory offer is identical on the first deposit match but the initial free play is just $20.

Reward program: As previously mentioned, players on both apps can participate in MGM’s M Life Rewards program. Gameplay earns points at the same rate on either app, so there’s no advantage to playing one over the other if this is important to you.

Slots: BetMGM offers 180 different titles from producers like IGT, NetEnt, and SGC. Borgata’s catalog of slots slightly bests that with 185 different options. Among them are several games with progressive jackpots. Those include Mercy of the Gods, Loot’En Khamun, Dead Sea Scrolls, and the exclusive MGM Grand Millions. As of June 18, jackpots on many of the progressive titles sat at over $214,000.

New slots: Recently added titles available on both apps include 5 Treasures, Bounty Raid, and Smokin’ Triples.

Table and card games: Several standard versions and variants of Blackjack and roulette. Minimums start at just $0.25.

Does BetMGM and Borgata Casino in PA have live dealer? Yes.

Video poker: Variants of poker available on these apps include 5-, 10- and Triple-Play Draw Poker. Minimums in those games start at a mere dime.

Caesars PA Online Casino

Caesars online casino has been up and running in PA for just over a year, launching in April of 2020.

Current promotions: Throughout the month of June, Caesars is offering a $15,000 Casino Bonus Play Giveaway. Visiting the app’s “My Bonuses & Offers” tabs gives players a daily chance at a share of $15,000 in free play.

New member sign-up bonus: First-time deposit match at a 100% rate up to $2,021.

Reward program: Players can link their Caesars Rewards accounts to earn tier rewards on the app. New customers can also register for Caesars Rewards through the app.

Slots: 91 different titles with games representing studios like Bally, IGT, and NetEnt.

New slots: Games that Caesars has recently added include Gonzo’s Quest, Lightning Leopard, and Monopoly Big Spin.

Table and card games: Baccarat and Blackjack in both live dealer and video formats. Caesars also offers Casino War to players. Minimums for the three Blackjack games start at $0.10. The three baccarat titles have a minimum of $1.

Does Caesars Casino in PA have live dealer?: Yes

Video poker: Four-Card, Let It Ride, and Three-Card variants are available on the app with plays available for as little as a dime.

DraftKings PA Online Casino

On May 1, 2020, DraftKings Casino in PA joined the state’s iGaming roster. It could soon become the first and only PA online casino to offer craps.

Current promotions: For the entire month of June, DraftKings offers the Pride Month Lossback. Players who play the exclusive DK Pride Blackjack game get 25% of their net losses back in site credit, up to $100. Also, every Tuesday in June from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., DraftKings offers a special leaderboard with various prizes.

Every weekday this month from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., DraftKings has a “Happy Hour” leaderboard with special prizes as well. Finally, DraftKings’ Summer Leaderboard Legends Series has begun for which players can secure a share of $5 million in prizes for ranking on.

New member sign-up bonus: $45 Free + 100% match of your first deposit, up to $1,500.

Reward program: Players can earn Crowns for gameplay and referrals. They can then exchange Crowns for DK Dollars (site credit) and other prizes offered at certain times.

Slots: DraftKings has a massive library of 162 slot titles including Cleopatra, Wheel of Fortune – Triple Extreme Spin, The Wild Life and Smash the Pig. Four Mega Jackpots titles have progressive jackpots that sit at $733,000 as of June 18.

New slots: DraftKings recently added several games like Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx, KGB Bears, and Monopoly Utility Trails to its slot catalog.

Table and card games: DraftKings offers a variety of themed Blackjack, baccarat, and roulette titles. Pai Gow and War are also among the table game options. Minimums start at a dime for Blackjack, a quarter for roulette, and a dollar for baccarat.

Does DraftKings Casino in PA have live dealer?: Yes

Video poker: Starting at just a dime minimum, DraftKings has four different video poker games. Those titles include 5-Play Draw, 10-Play Draw, Game King, and Triple-Play Draw variants.

FanDuel PA online Casino

Pennsylvania is ground zero for this brand, as FanDuel PA Casino made its global debut in PA on Jan. 24, 2020. It has since spread to other markets but it all started in the Keystone State.

Current promotions: For the month of June in PA, FanDuel offers a different promotion for four of the five weekdays. Wednesdays currently don’t have a specific promo tied to them. The other four weekday-specific deals are:

  • Mondays – FanDuel will comp losses while playing live dealer games up to $20
  • Tuesdays – Earn a special bonus for playing Blackjack
  • Thursdays – FanDuel will comp losses on video table games up to $10
  • Fridays – Opt-in and get $10 of free play on the Triple Diamond slot game

New member sign-up bonus: FanDuel will cover 100% of your losses over your first 24 hours of play after registration with site credit, up to $200.

Reward program: FanDuel Points earn you free play and other prizes offered on a limited-time basis simply for playing the available catalog of games. Players can also work their way into different tiers of the FanDuel Players’ Club with frequent play.

Slots: FanDuel’s extensive offering of games includes the popular progressive jackpot titles 88 Fortunes, Divine Fortunes, and Golden Goddess. Altogether, FanDuel currently offers 90 different slot titles on its app.

New slots: Newer games on the menu include Cleopatra Gold, Lobstermania 2, and Jungle Spirit Call of the Wild.

Table and card games: Baccarat, Blackjack, and roulette await players on FanDuel. FanDuel offers three different baccarat games, six Blackjack options, and three types of roulette. War is also available. Minimums for these games range from a dime to a dollar.

Does FanDuel Casino in PA have live dealer? Yes

Video poker: Game King and Ultimate Texas Hold’Em Plus.

Stars Casino by PokerStars

All the way back in November 2019 Stars Casino PA by Pokerstars became one of the Pennsylvania online casino promotions OGs. It hasn’t stopped rolling out the deals over nearly two years in the market since.

Current promotions: Stars Casino offers Daily Blackjack Insurance for the month of June. For your first five hands of Blackjack play every day during the month, Stars Casino will credit your account with half of your net, up to $25. There are also other regular deals that all players can get in on. These include daily bonuses for log-ins and social media interactions.

New member sign-up bonus: The Bet $1, Get $50 Casino Bonus is just for new players. As the name suggests, wager at least a dollar on any game, and Stars Casino will credit your account with $50 in promotional value.

Reward program: Players can earn Stars Rewards credits by playing games and completing other actions. Stars Rewards give players free play and other prizes based on accumulation and limited-time offers.

Slots: Stars Casino boasts several exclusive slots such as Cobra Cash, Flamin’ Elle, and The Imperial Kitchen. The diversity of 89 titles also includes popular progressive jackpot games like Divine Fortune and Mercy of the Gods. As of June 18, the jackpot on Divine Fortune sat at over $129,000.

New slots: Among the fresher items on this menu are Dark King Forbidden Riches, Hotline 2, and Twin Spin.

Table and card games: In addition to Atlantic City Premium Blackjack, players will find baccarat and three different roulette games. Minimum bets range from a dime to a dollar within this category.

Does Stars Casino in PA have live dealer?: Yes

Video poker: This is a strength for Stars Casino as the choices in this category are robust. 10 different variants of video poker are available, including Aces & Eights, Deuces Wild, and Jacks or Better.

Unibet Casino

Unibet Casino is also one of the first brands to go live in PA, as only four others preceded it. Since then it has worked to keep up with all the competition, maintaining an impressive array of games and promotions.

Current promotions: On the casino side in PA, Unibet offers a weekly leaderboard just for table games with $3,000 in prizes. Also, Unibet gives customers a 25% bonus when they make deposits on Thursdays.

New member sign-up bonus: $10 in free play just for registering your account then a 100% match of your first deposit up to $750.

Reward program: Unibet doesn’t yet have a standing rewards program for players in PA. However, its standing promotions act in lieu of such a program.

Slots: Titles exclusive to Unibet include A Girl’s Best Friend, Barnyard Frenzy, and Candy Blast. Several progressive jackpot games are also available. That includes the exclusive Jackpot Shores, the value of which rests at more than $302,000 on June 18.

New slots: Perhaps the most popular newer game is the Eagles Online Slot, which also boasts a progressive jackpot in addition to being officially licensed by the Philadelphia NFL team. Other slots new to Unibet include Cleopatra Gold and Dragon Palace.

Table and card games: An Eagles-branded Blackjack title adds to the menu of two other Blackjack games. Players can also choose between baccarat and seven different roulette games. Unibet also offers War.

Does Unibet Casino in PA have live dealer? Yes

Video poker: Four-card and Let it Ride embody the modest array of video poker games.

With all these promotions, the summer of 2021 could be a busy if not lucrative one for PA online casino players. Players who like to hunt bonuses certainly have no lack of options across these and other PA online casino apps.

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February Filled With Jackpot Winners At PA Online, Brick-and-Mortar Casinos

The shortest month of the year packed plenty of action for casinos in Pennsylvania.

February featured the arrival of Borgata online casino in Pennsylvania with over 150 games.

All land-based casinos in PA, after being closed about a third of the year in 2020, are now open and operating at reduced capacity with enhanced heath and safety protocols.

Also, there were lots of jackpot winners who found “hot” machines during a snowy February in Pennsylvania.

This is not a complete list of jackpots.

Divine Fortune welcomes another winner

Steven K., from Furlong, PA, is a regular player at PlaySugarHouse.com. Divine Fortune, the popular progressive online slot game, was the first game he ever played on the app, but he hadn’t played for over two years when he gave the game another go in February.

He was rewarded with a wonderful welcome back prize. The project manager hit the Divine Fortune jackpot with a $3 bet, winning $259,550 while playing at home on his phone.

“I started screaming and ran downstairs to my wife to show her,” he explained. “And then my phone died! I had to get my laptop out and make sure it was real.”

As for plans for the prize, Steven said he would discuss options with his wife and would like to set up a foundation to help single mothers so their kids are able to play sports.

This is the 19th Divine Fortune jackpot winner since its launch in 2019 on Rush Street Interactive’s two online casinos in Pennsylvania, BetRivers.com and PlaySugarHouse.com.

“We love when our players win life-changing jackpots,” said Mattias Stetz, COO of RSI, which operates PlaySugarHouse.com.  “This is one of many recent Divine Fortune jackpots which proves our players can win big, even when placing small bets.”

Rivers Casino Philadelphia

A $57,097 Grand Jackpot on Lightning Cash.

Rivers Casino Philadelphia also posts jackpots on their Instagram stories. Follow the hashtag #ReelWinningsatRivers

Some February winners we spotted in our Insta stories were:

  • $28,8823 at Caribbean Gold
  • $20,000 on Ultimate X Poker
  • $13,771 on Quick Link

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Harrahs Casino Philadelphia

Lightning strikes for a lucky Harrahs Casino player who won a $93,829 jackpot at Lightning Link.

Live! Casino Philadelphia

Live! Casino Philadelphia celebrated their official grand opening during the week of Feb. 4 with local sports celebrities, theatrics, and fireworks.

The newest casino in PA  casino welcomed jackpot and other winners, too.

Binh N. of Philadelphia, PA won a 2021 Lexus RCF Sport in a promotion to sign up in advance for a Live! Rewards Card.

Some Feb. Jackpot winners at Live! Casino Philadelphia:

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Mohegan Sun Pocono

Here’s a reason to scream. Hitting a $55,000 jackpot on Screaming Links at Mohegan Sun.

Other jackpot winners at Mohegan Sun Pocono:

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Hollywood Casino

Dan and Janet won $157,706.49 on HollywoodCasino.com. They visited Hollywood Casino and picked up their “big check” from General Manager. Dan Ihm.

Hollywood Casino Feb. jackpots:

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March is Problem Gambling Awareness month

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and others are ramping up efforts to educate and raise awareness about the effects of gambling disorders.

Some resources and responsible gambling tools include:

  • The PA Self-Exclusion program now allows individuals to ban themselves from iGaming, Fantasy Contests, and Video Gaming Terminals, or VGTs.
  • www.ResponsiblePlay.pa.gov, a new website dedicated to addressing problem gambling, with information and links to identify a potential gambling problem and find help.
  • The PlayPause program from GeoComply and Conscious Gaming allows individuals to self-exclude from online casino sites across state lines. This important RG tool debuted in PA at BetMGM in late December 2020.
  • Options for participants to limit online play or their spending at operator websites. That includes fantasy contests, online casino games, online poker, and/or online sports betting.