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 and 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-cent 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.

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 hit — down 25% — as coronavirus shutdowns closed 30% 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% below last fiscal year due to the lack of big jackpots from the multistate games, Powerball and Mega Millions. However, we are happy to report that scratch-off sales, which account for nearly 70% of lottery sales, are up about 7%.”

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% ahead of the estimate for the fiscal year,” she said.

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 that 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, such as 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.”

Since March, Texas, Arkansas, 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, have 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.

Deborah Goldberg, state treasurer of Massachusetts, 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.”

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.