Mega Millions Delivers Record-Breaking $4 Million Online Jackpot in PA

A PA Lottery player from Luzerne County won the largest online prize ever, cashing in on a Mega Millions drawing for $4 MILLION DOLLARS

New year, new record. HUGE PA Lottery online jackpot winner.

The PA Lottery announced Wednesday that a player in Luzerne County recently won its largest online prize ever, cashing in on a Mega Millions drawing for a massive $4 million jackpot.

The ticket matched all five white balls drawn, 4-19-39-42-52, but not the yellow Mega Ball, 9, to win the $4 million prize, minus applicable withholding. 

The player reaped the rewards of the $1 Megaplier option, which boosted the prize to $4 million instead of $1 million because the multiplier drawn was four.

In total, more than 35,600 other PA Lottery Mega Millions tickets won prizes of various amounts in the drawing. Furthermore, more than 8,600 tickets purchased with Megaplier were winners, boosting the prize totals of those winning tickets.

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PA Lottery continues to pay dividends for its players

The recent wins continue a hot streak for PA lottery players. In December, scratch-off lottery players won a total of more than $223 million, including two jackpots of $1 million each.

The PA Lottery also released its first-ever $50 scratch-off ticket, which has a maximum prize of $5 million.

Online lottery games are a perfect fit for PA weather

With winter weather arriving in Pennsylvania, many players may choose to play PA lottery games from the comfort of home.

Fortunately, the Pennsylvania Lottery has numerous online PA Lottery offerings that can be played on a computer, tablet, or mobile device. 

Online players can purchase Powerball, Mega Millions, Treasure Hunt, and Cash4life tickets at or by using the Lottery’s Official App.

There are also a variety of other online games, including a Team USA game, that seems like a perfect fit for the Winter Olympics, which begin on February 4th.

That game is a number-style match game with a multiplier that can boost prizes up to 10 times their value. There’s also a chance to activate three different bonus games. In addition, the Team USA game has an autoplay option to automatically play up to 20 game rounds

Friday’s Mega Millions drawing features massive $376 million jackpot

As for the traditional Mega Millions game, there was no winner in Tuesday’s drawing, which boosts Friday’s drawing to a $376 million annuity value, or $256.4 million in cash.

And whether there’s a winner or not, Pennsylvania’s older citizens will continue to reap the rewards of the PA lottery programs.

The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed more than $32.6 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.

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PA Lottery Delivers Big Prizes with December Scratchers & New Games in January

PA Lottery Scratch-off players from all across Pennsylvania hit it big in December, winning more than $223 million last month.

The gifts arrived all month long with PA Lottery scratch-off tickets.

Scratch-off lottery players from all across Pennsylvania hit it big in December, winning more than $223 million last month.

Two prizes, in particular, must have felt like a Christmas miracle.

  • One player in Coraopolis in Allegheny County won $1 million on a scratch-off ticket from the Uni-Mart at 1300 Coraopolis Heights Road.
  • And another player in Enola (Cumberland County) also won $1 million on a scratch-off ticket from the Smoker’s Express at 457 North Enola Road.

Both retailers earned a $5,000 bonus for selling the winners.

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There were many more wins in other places too. Other scratch-off jackpots during the month of December included the following:

  • Two prizes of $500,000
  • Three prizes of $250,000
  • Two prizes of $100,000

A more comprehensive list of monthly winners can be found here. However, the list of winners does not include the numerous scratch-off players who won less than $1,000.

The largest PA Lottery scratch-off ticket ever ($50)

Now, a new month and a new year have arrived. New winners emerge every day.

And there’s a brand new game from the PA Lottery to help make even more of them.

In honor of the PA Lottery’s upcoming 50th Anniversary in March, the organization released its first-ever $50 scratch-off ticket on Dec. 28th. The scratch-off ticket has a massive maximum prize of $5 million.

Thus, the $50 scratch-off is named the $5 Million Money Maker. Previously, the most expensive scratch-off ticket from the PA Lottery was $30.

Here are the details on the PA Lottery’s first-ever $50 scratch-off ticket:

  • 5 top prizes of $5 million
  • Over $285 million in total cash prizes
  • Over 145,000 in prizes from $500 to $10,000

$50 scratch off-ticket $5 Million Money Maker rules:

  • When any of your numbers match the winning number, win the prize shown under the matching number.
  • Reveal a “money roll” (MNYRL) symbol and win the prize shown under the matching number.
  • Scratch off a “$500 burst” (WIN$500) symbol and you just won $500.
  • Reveal the “vault” (WINALL) symbol and you just won all 30 prizes show.
  • Scratch off a “Five Mil” ($5MIL) symbol and win $5 million.
  • Star bonus: Scratch off a “$1,000 burst” (Win1K) and you just won $1,000. Reveal a “20X” (20TIMES) or a “50X” (50TIMES) symbol and multiply any prize won in the main play area.
  • Cash bonus: Reveal a cash prize amount in any BONUS spot and win that amount instantly. Cash Bonus is played separately.

For chances of winning, complete game rules and prizes remaining, visit the PA Lottery website.

A number of new PA Lottery scratch-off tickets have hit the shelves

New PA Lottery tickets in stores on Nov. 23:

  • $3 Million Xtreme Tripler ($30)
  • $500,000 Crossword Mania ($10)
  • All About the Benjamins ($5)
  • Fast Ca$h ($1)

New PA Lottery tickets in stores as of Dec. 28:

  • $5 Million Money Maker ($50)
  • $1,000,000 Power Payday ($20)
  • Love 2 Win ($5)
  • Top Dollar Crossword ($3)
  • My Lucky Valentine ($2)
  • Perfect Match ($1)

*Love 2 Win, My Lucky Valentine, and Perfect Match are second-chance eligible. PA Lottery Second Chance gives VIP Players Club members more chances to win.

New Pennsylvania Lottery Fast Play games

Lottery games that launched in November 2021

  • Frosty Fun ($10)
  • Holiday Cash Drop ($5)
  • To Me, From Santa ($2)
  • Baking Spirits Bright ($1)

*all of the above games are second-chance eligible

New PA Lottery Fast Play Games available Dec. 7:

  • Dynamite Doubler ($20)
  • Money Bag Bonus ($5)
  • Match 3 Tripler ($1)
  • PA Lottery Fast Play Games Coming in 2022

In stores as of Jan. 4

  • $50 or $100 Mayhem ($10)
  • Lucky in Love ($5)
  • Cupcake Cash ($2)
  • Bee Mine ($1)

*All of the above except $100 Mayhem are second chance eligible

The PA Lottery remains the only state system that uses all its proceeds for older citizens

Whatever lottery games you play and however you play them, the organization’s mission will be the same as it was when it first began in March of 1972.

The PA Lottery is the only state lottery system to direct all its proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed more than $32.6 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and other local services.

In the end, everyone reaps the rewards.

Players can win big prizes.

And senior citizens win every time a ticket is bought.

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Swing and a Miss: Court Rules Winning $4.15 Million PA Lotto Ticket Belongs to Doylestown Store, Not Employee

A Doylestown store employee attempted to pass off a $4.15 million Match 6 PA lottery ticket as her own, but a state court ruled against her.

Well, she tried.

And maybe you can’t blame her.

But a state Superior Court ruled Tuesday that Beverlie Seltzer, an employee at an Acme store in Doylestown, cannot keep a winning $4.15 million lottery ticket because it rightfully belongs to her store, not her.

As explained in a PennLive article, the winning Match 6 ticket was what’s considered a mistake ticket printed by the store. The store must pay the lottery commission for its mistake tickets. But the store can also keep any winnings that they produce.

Winning ticket was a mistake print in March 2019

In Seltzer’s case, she discovered the winning $4.15 million ticket in the mistake pile when she reported to work on March 21, 2019. Seltzer took $10 from her purse to purchase the winning ticket instead of following the typical procedure, which would have allowed the store to claim the winnings. The store’s security footage confirmed Seltzer’s maneuver.

Seltzer eventually tried to claim the winning ticket. She later appealed to the Superior Court after a Bucks County ruling found that the winnings belonged to the store.

On Tuesday, the Superior Court reached the same verdict.

“When Ms. Seltzer in this instance deviated from the Acme procedures that she usually followed, she acted surreptitiously and was not forthcoming about the circumstances of the purchase,” Judge Mary Jane Bowes wrote in the state court’s opinion. “Even viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to Ms. Seltzer, no reasonable fact-finder could conclude that Ms. Seltzer acted with the good faith belief that she was permitted by law or by Acme’s policies to give Acme $10 in exchange for $4,150,000.”

Powerball, Mega Millions produces verified November winners

Fortunately, not every winning ticket devolves into chaos and controversy like Seltzer’s did. In November, a player named Mark from Allegheny County took home a million dollars in a Powerball drawing. Additionally, five other players from locations all across Pennsylvania won $50,000 prizes.

In Mega Millions drawings, three Pennsylvania players won $10,000 prizes in November.

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Holiday jackpots will bring Christmas cheer and lots of cash

And as noted by PlayPennsylvaniathe Mega Millions and Powerball drawings from this past weekend were set to provide a massive Christmas bonus if someone happened to purchase a winning ticket.

The Powerball jackpot on Saturday was up to $304 million, with a cash value of $236 million. Friday’s Mega Millions drawing was estimated at $310 million, with a cash value of $238 million.

In a handful of states, including Pennsylvania, draw lottery tickets are available for purchase online. There, notifications of winning tickets are automatic.

And the beauty of the multistate, massive jackpot lotteries is that someone will eventually win.

That’s what drives people to purchase tickets. And that’s what drove Beverlie Seltzer to step outside of bounds at her Acme store.

The reward often seems worth the risk.

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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.

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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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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 with PA being the only state to offer $20 free to new players that use a PAiLottery bonus code.

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 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.