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.

A $50 Million June for PA Online Casino Promotes Recovery in Wounded Market

Amid a 51 percent year-over-year PA gaming revenue decline, online gambling in June remained a bright spot and hope is dawning for land-based casinos.

Even with the reopening of most brick-and-mortar casinos in June, it was a mixed month.

Live and online casino operations, plus daily fantasy contests and VGTs, combined to bring in $132.6 million in PA gaming revenue in June, the PGCB showed in their monthly revenue report. Compared to June 2019’s $271.3 million, it was a 51.1% drop year-over-year.

But without iGaming, which wasn’t yet live in June 2019, it could have been much worse.

In June, online slots, table games, and online poker combined for $50 million in revenue, down a bit from the still record $55.8 million in May.

iGaming slots, table games, and poker

Of the $50 million June gross revenue, the sole poker site PokerStars PA accounted for $3.2 million.  That’s down from $4.6 million in May but still the third-best month for the operator.

Online casino (slots and tables) brought in $46.8 million in June, compared to the record $51.2 million in May. Of that, $36.8 million was from internet slots and another $10 million came from table games.

Internet casino-type games were not yet operational last June. The first online casino operator launched in July, 2019 while PokerStars added online poker to PA in early November, 2019

June online casino breakdown by PA operator

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

Casino OperatorTotal RevenueSlots revenueTable Games revenue
Rivers Philly* (SugarHouse & BetRivers)$15.0 million$13.3 million$1.7 million
Penn National* (Hollywood & DraftKings)$9.6 million$7.7 million$1.8 million
Valley Forge (FanDuel)$7.8 million$4.6 million$3.2 million
Parx Casino$6.2 million$5.0 million$1.2 million
Mt. Airy (PokerStars & FOXBet)$4.5 million$2.7 million$1.8 million
Mohegan Sun Pocono (Unibet)$2.5 million$2.2 million$377,000
Harrah's Philly (Caesars)$761,000$742,000$18,000
Presque Isle Downs (BetAmerica)$498,000$504,000-$7,000
Totals:$46.8 million$36.8 million$10.0 million

Top iGaming sites in PA

The overall revenue leader for online sites in June was Rivers Philly, which operates SugarHouse and BetRivers. They had total revenue of $15.0 million. Slots accounted for $13.3 million and $1.7 million came from table games.

Penn National’s Hollywood and DraftKings sites combined for $9.6 million, with $7.7 million from slots and $1.8 million from table games.

Valley Forge’s FanDuel was third, but tops in table revenue with $3.2 million, and a healthy $4.6 million from slots.

Parx also remains a strong revenue-producer, with $5 million from slots, and $1.2 million from table games.

Online sports betting on the up and up

June’s total sports wagering handle was $89 million or 15% higher than the May 2020 total of $77.51 million.

At the same time, the taxable revenue figure for June was $6.7 million or 38% higher than the May taxable revenue of $4.8 million. Of that, online sports wagering accounted for $6.8 million, with retail in the negative by about $99,000. 

Valley Forge led the way with $2.9 million from online.

Hollywood Casino at Penn National lost more than $10,000 in retail and it has no online presence yet, though they have said they hope to launch in August.

Mohegan Sun Pocono had no sports revenue, nor did two still-shuttered offsite satellite books in Oaks and South Philly operated by Parx Casino.

Although PA gambling revenue for June was down significantly year-over-year, signs of recovery are beginning to peak out from the clouds.

Rise in Online Play, Scratch-Off Sales Fuel PA Lottery Revenue Recovery

After a dip in March sales, the PA lottery expects 2019-2020 revenue to be comparable to last year, with scratch-offs and online lottery play up.

Sales figures for the Pennsylvania Lottery took a major hitdown 25% – as virus shutdowns closed 30 percent of the state’s retail agents in March.

But there’s been a healthy rebound since, according to an account by The Daily Item, a central PA news site.

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Available online and scratch-off  Lottery demand led to stability

A spike in online lottery play plus increased spending on scratch-offs has stabilized revenue, according to The Daily Item.

Lottery spokeswoman Ewa Dworakowski is quoted as saying:

“We are still working to finalize the sales and profit figures for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. We expect that the final numbers will show that Lottery profits for senior programs are very close to where they were last year.”

“Overall traditional Lottery sales are about 0.6 percent below last fiscal year due to the lack of big jackpots from the multi-state games, Powerball and Mega Millions. However, we are happy to report that scratch-off sales, which account for nearly 70 percent of Lottery sales, are up about 7 percent.”

The state’s revenue from traditional Lottery sales for the first 11 months of the fiscal year was running about $60 million behind the same period in 2019.

The state has sold more than $4 billion in Lottery tickets through May. That includes scratch-offs and draw games like Powerball, Pick 3, and Mega Millions.

Nearly back to normal for revenue

After costs, including prize payments, the state got $1.07 billion in revenue from traditional Lottery sales in the first 11 months of 2018-19.

By comparison, the state had revenue of $1.01 billion in the same period this fiscal year.

Online lottery surge fuels recovery

The retail disruption has led to a surge in online growth, said Dworakowski.

“Online play increased substantially during the COVID-19 pandemic and is now about 24 percent ahead of estimate for the fiscal year.”

PAOnlineCasino reported in June that the iLottery had surpassed $1 billion in sales in its first two years. And according to Scientific Games, it’s on track to hit more than $1 billion in annual sales.

The Quaker State’s iLottery was averaging $3 million in daily sales during the virus shutdown.

Revenues benefit senior programs

Pat McHugh, Group Chief Executive, Lottery for Scientific Games, the operator of the PA Lottery’s online platform, told The Daily Item this shows states can offer online gambling while still having successful traditional Lottery sales.

McHugh said PA’s online program helped the lottery adjust and protect funding for senior programs paid for by lottery proceeds.

Lottery revenue benefits programs for older residents with property tax and rent rebate programs, prescription assistance, and Meals on Wheels.

Lottery fluctuations widespread

Other states have also had erratic sales for their lotteries during the pandemic.

Several states saw a drop in revenue from big-money games like Powerball and Mega Millions, which saw lower jackpots.

Neighboring Delaware‘s lottery sales are off almost $40 million through May compared to the last fiscal year, mostly due to the closure of casinos with video poker and table games, according to the Associated Press.

Many state lotteries rebounding

Maryland had mixed results.

Some weeks in April had sales down as much as 30%, according to Gordon Medenica, Maryland’s lottery, and gaming director.

“We really didn’t know where the bottom was at that point. We were just seeing sales absolutely collapse,” he said.

“Since then, they have rebounded remarkably well. In the month of May, we actually had our all-time best month for the year in both sales and profits,” Medenica said.

Since March, Texas, Arkansas and Montana and several other states have seen an increase in sales. That’s driven in part by housebound residents putting cash down for scratch-off tickets, the AP reported.

Other states, like Massachusetts and Oregon, had revenue drops due to stay-at-home orders.

A lack of online buying option a big issue

And a lack of an online presence exacerbated the issue.

At least nine states allow online lottery sales.

Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, where there are only retail lottery sales, told the AP:

“This pandemic has dramatically exposed the limitations and vulnerabilities of the Lottery’s all-cash, in-person business model.”

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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June PA Online Casino Sign-Up Bonuses, Promos And Casino Reopenings

Our monthly rundown of the latest online casino promotions and sign-up bonuses in Pennsylvania, plus the latest on live casino reopenings.

Two casinos, Rivers Casino Pittsburgh and The Meadows, officially welcomed guests back in Pennsylvania on June 9. Lady Luck Nemacolin in Farmington, PA, also reopened on June 12.

However, the rest of PA’s casinos remain closed for now. According to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the reopening of the other casinos will happen soon.

In fact, Hollywood Casino is set to reopen Friday, June 19. Mohegan Sun Pocono and Mount Airy Casino are also in counties going green on Friday.

Online casinos never stopped in PA

While the majority of casinos remain shuttered, you can still play PA online casino games on the go or from the comfort of your own home.

PA is just one of four states where online casinos are fully legalized and regulated. Therefore, you can play land-based casino games such as blackjack, slots, roulette and video poker without ever setting foot in a casino.

In fact, the iGaming market continues to expand in the Keystone State with the recent additions of DraftKings and Caesars. Now PA has a total of 10 online casinos.

In this month’s roundup on PA Online Casino, we recap:

  • Bonuses, plus June online casino promotions
  • Member rewards
  • What to expect as PA casinos reopen
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New player bonus: Play your first 24 hours risk-free by getting 100% back on your losses of up to $200.

Current FanDuel casino promotion: $5 bonus on blackjack with the Game of the Week

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New player bonus: Play your first 24 hours risk-free by getting 100% back on your losses of up to $200.

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Unibet casino

New player bonus: Get $10 as a welcome bonus with no deposit required, along with a matched first deposit bonus of up to $500.

Current Unibet casino promotions: 

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  • Weekly deposit reload: 25% bonus of up to $50 on your first deposit on Thursdays.

PokerStars casino

In addition to offering online casino games, PokerStars PA also holds the title as the only online poker operator in Pennsylvania — for now.

New player bonus: Get a 100% matched deposit bonus of up to $1,500 on your first three deposits. Also, get up to $1,000 for slot bonuses in two mystery chests.

Current PokerStars casino promotion: Mystery Mega Prize up to $500 daily.

If you’re looking to play online poker, check out the PokerStars PA Summer Series happening June 18-28, with $750K in guaranteed prizes.

BetRivers / PlaySugarHouse online casino

New player bonus: First deposit matched bonus of 100%, up to $250.

BetRivers rewards: iRush loyalty plus bonus store points for real money wagers

Hollywood online casino

New player bonus: Get $25 just for creating a new account, along with a deposit match bonus of up to $500.

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Rewards: mychoice reward program

Three other PA online casinos

There are also three other online casinos in the Keystone State:

The reopening of land-based casinos

According to the PGCB, there are health and safety requirements to be met or exceeded prior to brick-and-mortar casinos reopening:

  • Limited to 50% capacity
  • Everyone, employees and guests, must wear masks
  • No poker rooms for now
  • Increased availability of hand sanitation on gaming floors

Looking to Rivers Casino Pittsburgh and The Meadows, the two casinos are operating on limited hours, not 24/7.

Indeed, we can expect the rest of the casinos to follow suit as they reopen as well. PlayPennsylvania is updating a live blog for you to find out more about PA casino reopenings and what to expect when you head back to live gaming.

PA Online Lottery Sets Example For Other States, Mega Millions Climbs To Over $400 Million

Pennsylvania boasts the most successful iLottery launch in the US, hitting $1 billion in online and mobile sales on the eve of its second anniversary.

Congratulations are in order to Pennsylvania iLottery for the most successful iLottery launch for online and mobile sales in the United States! In fact, PA iLottery sales hit $1 billion just shy of the second anniversary of its launch date in the Keystone State.

To recap, the state of Pennsylvania passed a gambling expansion bill in 2017. As a result, PA iLottery launched in May 2018.

According to a press release by Scientific Games, which powers the PA iLottery program, it is on track to top more than $1 billion in sales annually.

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PA iLottery sales in recent months

Currently, 46 US states participate in lotteries, but only 13 allow online lottery games. Of those 13, only seven states, of which PA is one, sell e-instant games.

Comparing sales from recent weeks with weeks prior to the coronavirus shows that there was an 80% increase in iLottery sales, along with an increase of 200% in first-time players.

Additionally, the single-day record for online and mobile sales hit $4.2 million, with current averages running around $3 million per day.

Drew Svitko, executive director of the Pennsylvania Lottery, stated:

“During this unprecedented time, we are reminding lottery players that they have the option to take advantage of playing PA Lottery online games at pailottery.com. This is the only place where PA Lottery players can buy their Powerball® and Mega Millions® tickets without having to leave their homes.”

Largest Mega Millions jackpot since June 2019

Speaking of the Mega Millions, the jackpot is at its highest in over a year. The only Mega jackpot hit so far this year was on Feb. 11, when a $202 million ticket was sold in New Jersey.

The jackpot rolled over again, surpassing the $400 million mark, after no one hit it in the Friday, June 6, drawing. However, three tickets — in Connecticut, Florida and New Jersey — did match five numbers to win $1 million.

The estimated jackpot for the drawing on Tuesday, June 9, is $410 million, making it the 11th largest in the history of the game. It is also just the eighth time it has gone over $400 million in the past six years, according to the official Mega Millions site.

To scoop up this hefty jackpot, you need to match all six numbers: five white balls plus the gold Mega Ball.

Be sure to check the winning numbers on PlayPennsylvania after each 11 p.m. ET Mega Millions and Powerball drawing.

Other states to look at PA iLottery’s success

As other states look to emulate Pennsylvania’s success with their lottery programs, Pat McHugh, the group chief executive, lottery, for Scientific Games, stated:

“What’s encouraging to states looking to launch online/mobile lottery sales is that when the COVID crisis happened, Pennsylvania had a partnership and program in place to protect vital funding — including effective management of the combined retail and digital game portfolio, an iLottery platform and services to attract and retain players, integrated to support retailers while continuing the strategic management of traditional lottery products sold in stores.

Many states will look to Pennsylvania’s program to modernize lottery products online and at retail. Pennsylvania has effectively managed high-performing retail and digital instant games, creating benefits for players, retailers and the Commonwealth’s programs supporting older Pennsylvanians.”

Indeed, many of the PA lottery retailers were forced to close, and traditional game sales plummeted by 25%. Yet in March, online lottery sales increased by 30%.

PA Lottery provides funding for older Pennsylvanians

Supporting the PA iLottery program means providing and protecting funding for state programs benefiting older residents.

Thanks to the PA Lottery, PA senior citizens are provided with:

  • Meals and senior centers
  • Medical prescription assistance
  • Transportation services such as either free or reduced fares
  • Additional care services
  • Rebates for property or rent

The PA lottery continues to set a prime example for other states to follow on multiple fronts.

Divine Fortune Mega Jackpot Pays Out Record $533K To PA Woman

The legend of the Divine Fortune progressive slot continues, as it hits for the 14th time in PA, this time for a record $533,239 at PlaySugarHouse.

A massive jackpot from an online casino slot was hit Tuesday night for a Divine Fortune record win on PlaySugarHouse.com in Pennsylvania. The score was worth $533,239.

An Audubon, PA, woman who is 34 years old and wishes to remain anonymous claimed the winning jackpot.

The woman began playing at PlaySugarHouse.com just last month, according to a press release. She was playing at home on her smartphone when she hit the big one.

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Divine Fortune synonymous with SugarHouse

The Divine Fortune progressive slot game is only available in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. This is the biggest jackpot to date on both sides of the Delaware River.

And while several online casino sites feature the game, the majority of the hits have come at the SugarHouse site.

Mattias Stetz, COO of Rush Street Interactive, which operates PlaySugarHouse.com., said:

“It is exciting to see history being made in a positive way during these difficult and uncertain times. These huge jackpots are life-changing for our players, especially when good news is needed now more than ever.”

Divine Fortune has a winning history

Previously, the largest Divine Fortune jackpot ever to be hit in the US was $376,893 on a $1 spin on PlaySugarHouse.com in PA.

The game has quite a history.

One man hit twice, once for $151,000 with a $100 bet and once for $235,000 on a $20 bet.

And the game has paid mega jackpots 14 times in PA since it launched in July 2019.

What makes this progressive slot so special?

Divine Fortune is unlike most progressive jackpot slot games, which traditionally have low returns to players (RTP) — meaning they are tightand high volatility, with higher but less frequent payouts.

In contrast, Divine has a fairly high RTP of 96.8%. And the slot’s volatility rating is “medium,” meaning more consistent winners.

And based on the rate at which the jackpot consistently climbs, the prized slot is only growing in popularity among online casino players in PA.

The jackpot at PlaySugarHouse is now at $148,000 — and climbing.

PA Online Casino & Poker Sail To New Records In April As Overall Revenue Plummets

The bright spot in the April Pennsylvania gaming revenue report is online gaming, as online casinos and online poker produced their best numbers yet.

April was the best of times for online wagering in Pennsylvania amid the worst of times overall for revenue, according to figures released Monday by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB.)

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

PA also had a record month for poker, faring the best of any US state where it’s legal despite there being just one operator.

As a result of the coronavirus disruptions, overall gaming revenue was down 84% for April 2020 compared to April last year, even with the huge increase in online betting.

Online casino games expanded to fill the revenue void

Filling the void created by closed casinos, April 2020 online casino revenue jumped 73% over the previous month, when revenue was $24.9 million.

Casino games online generated a record gross revenue of $43.1 million in April. That includes online slots, table games and poker.

Tax revenue from all forms of gaming in April 2020 was $18.3 million.

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Online slots saw the biggest revenue gains

The online slots segment saw the biggest gain, with revenue more than doubling from $13 million in March to $27.3 million in April.

PokerStars/Mount Airy hit nearly $5.3 million in April, up from $3.1 million in March.  PokerStars PA remains the sole live poker operation in PA.

Casinos closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic and remain locked down, meaning there was no revenue from casino floor games nor retail sports wagering in April.

The three biggest interactive operators were sister sites SugarHouse and BetRivers, operating under Rivers Philadelphia, and FanDuel casino, in partnership with Valley Forge.

While SugarHouse and BetRivers were the clear winners in the online slot competition, Valley Forge once again dominated when it comes to online table games.

PA online casino revenue by operator in April

A complete breakdown of  April revenue, including slots and tables games, can be found here:

Casino OperatorTotal RevenueTable GamesSlots
Rivers Philly (SugarHouse & BetRivers)$13.7 million$2.7 million$11 million
Valley Forge (FanDuel)$7.9 million$3.8 million$4.1 million
Mt. Airy (PokerStars & FOXBet)$5.2 million$2.4 million$2.8 million
Penn National (Hollywood)$4.6 million$490,000$4.1 million
Parx Casino$4.1 million$300,000$3.8 million
Mohegan Sun Pocono (Unibet)$1.8 million$650,000$1.2 million
Presque Isle Downs (BetAmerica)$210,000$100,000$110,000
Harrah's Philly (Caesars)$230,000N/A$230,000
Penn National (DraftKings)$30,000-$160$30,000
Totals:$37.8 million$10.5 million$27.3 million

Sports and daily fantasy wagering down, truck terminals closed

Online sports wagering suffered because so few sports continued in March.

Total sports wagering revenue in April from 13 retail and nine online outlets was $2.9 million58% lower than March’s total of $6.9 million.

Some retail books even operated in the negative after paying off previous winners.

Video gaming terminals at truck stops were idle due to the virus and without any revenue during April.

And finally, daily fantasy contests revenue was $167,000 in April, a decrease of 91% year over year compared to April 2019, when revenue was $1.9 million.

Unfortunate gaming revenue trends to continue

So far, there is no announced reopening plan for any brick-and-mortar casino, even those in areas less affected by COVID-19. With most mainstream sports still forming their own plans to return, it’s likely that gaming revenue streams won’t bounce back for some time.

When casinos do reopen, it will be in a phased process, according to the governor’s color-coded reopening scheme. It will also likely happen gradually, starting out with limited capacity and possibly requiring reservations in advance.

As a result, May revenue numbers should follow the same basic patterns that appeared in April. Unfortunately, the same might go for June. And PA gaming companies are sure to feel these economic effects long after the casinos reopen.