Mega Millions Jackpot Hit in CA Follows a Long Trend of January Wins

January has long been a hot month for Mega Millions Top Prize wins, and this year is no exception. Here are the top jackpots of the month…

If you don’t have a New Year’s tradition for bringing luck and good fortune, you might want to start a new one: kick off the year by playing your lucky numbers on a Mega Millions ticket. January has long been a hot month for Mega Millions Top Prize lottery wins, and this year is no exception. A ticket sold in CA hit the $426 million jackpot on Friday, Jan. 28. The cash value of that prize is a still-impressive $292.9 million before taxes.

Friday’s Woodland Hills, CA winner continues the trend started in 2005 by Margaret Jones of GA who hit the $131 million jackpot on Jan. 18 that year. In the 17 years since 18 other Mega Millions players have taken the Top Prize in the month of January.

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They can’t all be winners

The only year since 2005 that didn’t see a January winner was – somehow not surprisingly – 2020. The next year picked up the slack though, when a lottery club in MI hit the second-highest ever Mega Millions prize of $1.05 billion. 2011 and 2009 saw two Top Prize winners each. In 2011, two players split the $380 million prize won on Jan. 4, and in 2009 there were two big winners within two weeks of each other.

The latest January jackpot prize came just short of cracking the list of the top 10 highest for Mega Millions. $451 million was the number to beat, which was – you guessed it – another New Year jackpot hit in January of 2018.

One PA county enjoys a streak of their own

Another lucky streak is garnering attention in PA. Lottery players in Bucks County have recently hit three major prizes over $1 million in the space of eight days.

On Jan. 20, a Powerball ticket sold at Wegman’s in Warrington won the second-tier prize after matching all five white balls. That ticket won the player $2 million instead of the usual $1 million because they added the $1 Power Play option to their ticket.

Another player won the first-ever Top Prize on PA Lottery’s new $5 Million Money Maker Scratch-Off, after ponying up $50 for the ticket at a Wawa in Bensalem. It’s a good thing they did, because they’ll receive a $5 million windfall for taking that leap of faith.

And a Bucks County player also hit the jackpot on PA’s Cash 5 with Quick Cash game on Jan. 27. The Grand Prize for the daily draw game was up to $1.85 million when they picked all five numbers correctly at Five Brothers Produce Market in Bristol.

In Pennsylvania, tickets for draw games are available at local lottery retailers as well as online at the PA Lottery. Sign up here to receive $20 free plus a deposit match bonus up to $500.

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 palottery.com 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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Everybody Loves A Holiday Scratch-Off Ticket From The PA Lottery, Don’t They?

Gus the Groundhog approves of these holiday-themed scratch-offs and online instant win games from the Pennsylvania Lottery.

No wonder Gus says Keep on Scratchin.

The lovable groundhog associated with the Pennsylvania Lottery touts a bundle of holiday-themed scratch-off cards in his new commercial.

The special holiday menu includes themed cards of anywhere from $1 to $20, with payouts of up to $1 million on the $20 card.

The Pennsylvania Lottery produced a lineup that fits desired budgets, tastes and purpose. Give them as gifts. Use them as a stocking stuffer. Treat yourself to some. Go for a buck or a bundle.

And for those who prefer to do their scratchin’ online, there are also plenty of holiday-themed PA online lottery instant games to choose from.

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Everyone loves a mystery gift. Especially a gift that wins.

The scratch-offs also act as a complement to the regular, televised state lottery. It’s action for those who don’t want to wait for results of the nightly draw.

The price range of scratch- offs reflects the laddered steps for risk and reward.

PA Lottery holiday scratch-off games and prizes

The Light Entry

Gnome for the Holidays is a $1 game that offers 10 top prizes of $5,000. Reveal a “GNOME” (GNOME) symbol, win prize shown under that symbol. Reveal a “HOME” (WINALL) symbol, win all 4 prizes shown!

Gingerbread Dough is a $2 game that offers 10 top prizes of $20,000. Reveal a “GINGERBREAD COOKIE” (COOKIE) symbol, win prize shown under that symbol. Reveal a “HOT COCOA” (WIN20) symbol, win $20 instantly. Reveal a “MONEY” (WINALL) symbol, win all 10 prizes shown!

Naughty or Nice is a $3 game that offers 10 top prizes of $50,000. Scratch the WINNING NUMBERS area to reveal 20 numbers. Only scratch the numbers in LINE 1 through LINE 8 that match any of the WINNING NUMBERS. When each matched number is scratched, the square will turn white. When you match NONE of the numbers in any horizontal LINE, win the NAUGHTY prize shown to the left of that LINE. When you match ALL the numbers in any horizontal LINE, win the NICE prize shown to the right of that LINE.

BONUS: Reveal a cash prize amount, win that amount instantly! BONUS is played separately.

Moving Up Slightly

Ho Ho Whole Lotta $500s is a $5 game that offers 10 top prizes of $250,000. When any of YOUR NUMBERS match any WINNING NUMBER, win prize shown under the matching number. Reveal a “GIFT TAG” (WIN500) symbol, win $500 instantly. Reveal a “SLEIGH” (WINALL) symbol, win all 12 prizes shown!

BONUS: Reveal a “$500 SNOWFLAKE” (500SNFLK) symbol, win $500 instantly! BONUS is played separately.

Snow Much Fun is a $10 game that offers 10 top prizes of $500,000. When any of YOUR NUMBERS match any WINNING NUMBER, win PRIZE shown under the matching number. Reveal a “FLURRIES” (FLURRIES) symbol, win PRIZE shown under that symbol automatically. Reveal a “5X” (5TIMES) symbol, win 5 TIMES the PRIZE shown under that symbol. Reveal a “PEPPERMINT” (WINALL) symbol, win ALL 15 PRIZES shown!

Thinking Big

1,000,000 Merry and Bright is a $20 game that offers 5 top prizes of $1,000,000. When any of YOUR NUMBERS match any WINNING NUMBER, win prize shown under the matching number. Reveal an “ORNAMENT” (ORNAMENT) symbol, win prize shown under that symbol automatically. Reveal a “10X” (10TIMES) symbol, win 10 TIMES the prize shown under that symbol. Reveal a “GIFT BAG” (WINALL) symbol, win all 20 prizes shown!

BRIGHT BONUS: Reveal a “$200 SNOWFLAKE” (WIN200) symbol, win $200 instantly! BRIGHT BONUS is played separately.

LIMITED TIME: VIP Players Club members can submit non-winning Holiday-themed Scratch-Offs into the PA Lottery’s North Pole Payout Second-Chance Drawing for a chance to win up to $100,000!

Enter by 11:59:59 p.m. (ET) on 1/14/2022. Find prize details, rules, and enter at palottery.com or via the PA Lottery Official App. Games may remain for sale after second-chance drawing ends.

The Parallel Gambling Experience

Many gamblers played lotteries prior to legalized sports betting and can relate to its parameters.

The lottery was once the only game in town for people seeking action. Most only involved $1. But the states, forerunners of bookmakers enticing bettors with props, made the lottery attractive, enticing and sophisticated.

Color codes. Symbols. Visual excitement with the dollar signs.

Yes, gamblers know that the highest-denomination games carry remote collection odds, and that the Pennsylvania lottery website outlines the odds of winning.

It’s a long shot, but somebody has to win. Why not you?

Casino slot players experience the same phenomenon. First, it was nickel slots. Then 25 cents. A dollar was big. And then came $5 and up.

One life-changing pull.

Sports bettors may view lotteries in the context ranging from a small prop to an expensive same-game parlay. Many “graduated” from the lottery ranks and still play them.

A lottery is an in-game bet in a different form.

PA online lottery holiday instant games

For those who opt to try their lottery luck at home, Pennsylvania is one of a handful of states offering online lottery games. And the PA iLottery is getting into the holiday spirit. Here are some holiday-themed instant games currently available:

  • Snow Bank
  • Flurry of Cash
  • Gifts Galore
  • Polar Bear Bucks
  • Matching Through the Show
  • Frosty Fun
  • Home for the Holly-Days
  • Cash Avalanche
  • Bake it Til You Make It
  • Winning Tree
  • Snow Me the Money
  • Frosty Fun
  • Chimney Stacks of Cash
  • Unwrap the Cash
  • Merry/Merrier Multiplier

Responsible Use of Tickets

Kids will be given enough presents for Christmas. Lottery tickets should not be among them, as they would constitute an encouragement of under-age gambling.

Responsible gaming efforts are an excellent part of the gambling business and extend to this.

For those who are adults….If someone buys you a winning ticket that hits big, should you share it?

Why not?

That way, it is better to give AND receive at Christmas.

In popular culture, Nicholas Cage and Bridget Fonda starred in the 1994 film “It Can Happen to You”, regarding a policeman who shares his winning $4 million lottery ticket with a waitress.

Good luck scratching out a gift that keeps on giving.

Two PA Lottery Players Hit Million-Dollar Prizes: A Scratch-Off and Match 6 Lotto Jackpot

Tis the season for big wins at the PA lottery as two more Pennsylvanians claim prizes of $1 million in Match 6 Lotto and a $20 scratch-off.

Two Pennsylvania Lottery players should be having happy holidays, as they hit seven-figure prizes earlier this month. Both winning tickets happened in local games and in opposite ends of the commonwealth.

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Match 6 lotto $1.05 million jackpot winner in Bucks County

A ticket in the December 6th drawing of the Match 6 Lotto had all the winning numbers and collected the $1.05 million jackpot. Selling the ticket was County Farm on East Bristol Road in Langhorne, Bucks County.

The vendor earned a $10,000 bonus for the winning ticket. The jackpot winner was one of over 36,000 $2 tickets earning a prize in the Monday night drawing.

Match 6 gives players three lines of six numbers on each $2 ticket, giving players up to four opportunities to win, one for each line, and combining the 18 numbers for an additional chance.

Million-dollar scratch-off win in Allegheny County

In Allegheny County, a player won a million dollars from a scratch-off ticket. Uni-Mart on Coraopolis Heights Rd. in Coraopolis sold the lucky $1,000,000 Extreme Green ticket on Dec. 3. The $20 scratch-off ticket offers a cool mil as the top prize which was the prize won by Ted Vallandingham

Vallandingham told the PA lottery that at first, he thought he won $1,000 until the clerk looked at the ticket and corrected him.

Uni-Mart earned a $5,000 bonus for selling the ticket. All prizes of $5,000 or more are subject to tax and other withholdings.

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.

Try lottery games online in PA

PA online lottery players enjoy a convenient way to purchase tickets to draw games like Match 6, Mega Millions, and Powerball plus Second Chance drawings. You will also find dozens of instant games including holiday and seasonal titles.

You can sign up here for a free $20 welcome bonus plus a deposit match of 100% up to $500.

Two Pennsylvania Lottery Winners: Two Big Prizes Totaling Almost $2 Million Combined

The Pennsylvania Lottery announced two major prizes won by players over the past week. PA Lottery winners combined totaled almost $2 million

The Pennsylvania Lottery announced two major prizes won by players over the past week. The PA Lottery winners hit big in the same week.

A ticket sold in Pittston won the Match 6 jackpot for $1.52 million on Thursday the 18th. A quick-pick ticket sold in Reading collected a jackpot worth over $166,000 on Sunday, November 21st.

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The ticket sold Sunday was for the PA Lottery’s Bang Boom Ka-Pow instant game. The $5 Fast Play ticket was sold at a Rite Aid on Perkiomen Avenue in Reading in Berks County.

The payout came to $166,101.

The $1.52 million winning numbers of 9-11-15-22-25-28 drawn were sold at a convenience store on South Main Street in Pittston in Luzerne County.

  • The location that sold the winning ticket will receive a $10,000 bonus.
  • The holder will get $1.52 million, minus withholdings.
  • The ticket is one of over 46,700 winners from the November 18th drawing. 

What is Bang Boom Ka-Pow?

The instant game offers on-the-spot prizes, with progressive payouts starting at $50,000. Pennsylvania Lottery Fast Play games offer the thrills and quick payouts of scratch-off tickets without the effort (or mess) of scratching. 

What is The Match 6 Lotto?

Match 6 Lotto is a game in which players pay $2 and choose six numbers from 1 to 49 or they can have the computer randomly choose their numbers for them.  The computer then randomly selects an additional two sets of six numbers, for three lines of six numbers each or 18 numbers total.

How to win?

Players can win up to four times on each ticket. That means they can win once on each of three lines, as well as combining all 18 numbers for the combined play winnings.

Coincidence or luck? Who knows, and who will it be next with the big winning lotto ticket. Congratulations to all the big winners, and we look forward to sharing more winner stories soon!

(PA Lottery Winners can be identified only after prizes are claimed and tickets validated.)

Second Time is a Charm? Summer Brings Second-Chance Drawings and Other Promotions to the PA Online Lottery

The Pennsylvania online lottery is offering hot summer promos like the Sunny Money second-chance drawing with over $300,000 up for grabs.

Perhaps the second time can be a charm.

Through July 22, the Pennsylvania Lottery is offering all losing tickets another chance. The Sunny Money Second-Chance Drawing offers over $300,000 in cash prizes. And some of that money is reserved specifically for the PA online lottery

Players are encouraged to keep all tickets from the following games:

  • Pick 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Cash 5 with Quick Cash
  • Match 6 Lotto
  • Cash4Life
  • Powerball
  • Mega Millions
  • Keno
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PA Lottery Sunny Money Second-Chance Drawing details

With a little luck, losing tickets from those games can become winners. The Sunny Money Second-Chance Drawing prizes include:

  • Three top prizes of $50,000 each
  • Ten prizes of $10,000
  • Fifty prizes of $1,000
  • Fifty prizes of $100 for online play

Other tickets can also receive a multiplier that pays out ten times the money.

To enter the second-chance drawing, players will need to create an account at the PA Lottery website and submit their tickets on the Sunny Money Second-Chance Drawing page.

Winners will be notified via email. The drawing winners will also be posted at palottery.com as soon as they are available, as well as on the Winners page of the PA Lottery website.

Online players can get two free Mega Millions tickets

The PA Lottery is celebrating summer with a few other promotions as well.

The Mega Multiplier coupon promotion is running through the end of June. If you play $25 on the Mega Multiplier online game, you can receive a coupon for two draws of the Mega Millions with Megaplier (a $6 value) to redeem at any PA Lottery retailer.

Players must opt in to special offer emails and/or texts in order to receive the promotion. The coupon for the Mega Millions draw will then be sent via email or text.

That promotion ends on June 30.

Deposit bonus can add $500 to your lottery account

Online lottery players can also boost their bankrolls with some extra incentives this summer. Players who use the code PLAY20 on their first deposit at the PA Lottery site will receive a 100% match, up to $500 total in bonus money.

To claim the deposit bonus:

  • Log in or sign up for a PA iLottery account.
  • Go to the Cashier page and select your payment type. Enter the promo code: PLAY20 (*case sensitive)
  • Make a Deposit of at least $10 to be eligible for a 100% Deposit Match.
  • A $500 deposit gets you the maximum $500 Bonus Money.
  • You must play through your deposit and bonus 1X before Bonus Money is converted to cash.

*Players must be located within Pennsylvania at the time of play. 

In addition to the deposit bonus, new players will receive $20 in free play as well using our bonus code and links.

Daily promotions add incentives almost every day of the week

And just in case those promotions aren’t enough, the PA Lottery has daily promotions as well, providing bonuses on your online lottery play throughout the week.

And the best part is, even losers get another chance.

Perhaps the second time will be the charm.

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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.”