Pennsylvania passed new gambling laws in October 2017 that authorized things like online gambling and online lottery sales. Then, in January 2018, Pennsylvania Lottery officials announced that the first internet online lottery games would launch in May.
The PA Lottery then went slate of online instant win games on its new PAiLottery.com website and PA Lottery mobile app.
The regulatory and licensing process for online gambling operators is still ongoing. That makes the Pennsylvania Lottery’s online instant win games the first online gambling products to launch in the Commonwealth.
Online instant win games are sort of a hybrid, combining elements of both online slots and electronic versions of traditional scratch-off tickets.
The 11 online instant win games available on the PAiLottery.com website at launch are:
- Foxin’ Wins
- Super Cash Buster
- Big Money Slingo
- Big Foot Reveal
- Crossword Cash
- Cash in the Lamp
- Super Gems
- Robin Hood: Prince of Tweets
- Monster Wins
- Cash Buster Towers
A new online instant win lottery game called Big Eats Little has since been added. The ocean-themed collect-style game with a Love Match Bonus mini-game now makes it 12 online instant win lottery games available in Pennsylvania.
Free demos and bonus available
Free demos of all the games are available online. Plus, the PA Lottery is offering players who register for the first time a $5 bonus they can use to try out the games with real cash on the line. There is no bonus code required. Just click the link below to claim your $5.
In the meantime, we’ve tried out all 12 games. Each and every one is fun to play, but we’ve picked out three that stand above the rest for our list:
The Top Online Instant Win Lottery Games in PA:
Big Money Slingo
Big Money Slingo is a Bingo and slot machine hybrid. Much like Bingo, players win when they match five numbers in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line on their five-by-five 25-number playing card. More than a single line and various patterns offer larger prizes.
Playing Big Money Slingo is fun and easy:
- Select the amount to play for from $0.50 to $10
- Hit the START GAME button and the game reels will spin, revealing different numbers
- If any of these numbers are on your card, a star will appear in its place
- Hit GO to release the next ball until all you’ve used them all
- If five stars appear in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line, you win
Big Money Slingo also has what amounts to a free spin feature. Find a yellow ball in the reels and you’ll get a free ball.
Prior to the numbers being revealed, up to four jokers may be released, randomly filling spots on a player’s card. The jokers count as free spots and can be used to help create winning lines and patterns.
The chances of winning any prize playing Big Money Slingo are 1 in 2.40. However, $1 plays have a top prize of $10,000 and players have just a 1 in 2 million chance of winning that.
The game was built for players who love playing both online bingo and online video slots.
Big Money Slingo has a theoretical return to player rate (RTP) of 85.15 percent. That means theoretically, for every $100 bet, theoretically the game will pay out $85.15 over the long term.
Crossword Cash is a crossword-puzzle-style game. Players win when three or more matched words are completed on the 11-by-11-letter crossword grid. Prizes are all shown in the PRIZE TABLE next to the crossword grid.
There’s no spelling test required, ensuring Crossword Cash is an easy and fun game to play:
- Select the amount to play from $0.10 to $10 and hit the PLAY button
- Reveal the 18 letters in the YOUR LETTERS section on the card by selecting the question marks individually
- Players can also hit the REVEAL ALL button to reveal all 18 letters instantly
- If a revealed letter is on your card it will turn green in the crossword grid
- The card is a winner when three or more matched words are completed on the grid
The chances of winning any prize playing Crossword Cash are 1 in 3.09. However, $1 plays have a top prize of $6,000 and players have just a 1 in 2 million chance of winning that.
The game appeals to most regular crossword puzzle and scratch-off ticket players.
Crossword Cash has a theoretical RTP of 88.62 percent. That means that theoretically, for every $100 bet, the game will pay out $88.62 over the long term.
Super Cash Buster
Super Cash Buster is a collect-style game that features two separate mini-games. Simply destroy the blocks in the six-by-ten CASH BUSTER ZONE play grid filled with colored blocks. Fill the prize meter corresponding with the color of the blocks to win.
It’s about as easy and fun as any online instant win lottery game on the market:
- Select an amount to play for from $1.00 to $10
- Click on the dice to roll a color
- All blocks of the color it lands on in the CASH BUSTER ZONE will be destroyed and the prize meter for that color will rise
- When the prize meter for any color is full, you win
- There are also blocks with instant cash prizes underneath
Players get seven rolls. However, players can get an extra roll of the dice when a destroyed block reveals the words EXTRA ROLL.
Super Cash Buster also has two mini-games. Players get a chance to choose one when a destroyed block reveals the words MINI-GAME.
The Card Mini-Game and Wheel Mini-Game offer prizes including:
- Instant cash
- Extra roll
- Extra blocks added to the prize meter
In the Card Mini-Game, players select one of six cards and win the prize shown on the card selected.
For the Wheel Mini-Game, a wheel appears and players are asked to hit the SPIN button. They win the prize revealed when the wheel stops.
The chances of winning any prize playing Super Cash Buster are 1 in 3.21. However, $1 plays have a top prize of $20,000 and players have just a 1 in 2 million chance of winning that.
Super Cash Buster is designed to play off the popularity of other collect-style games like Candy Crush.
Super Cash Buster has a theoretical RTP of 88.25 percent. That means that theoretically, for every $100 bet, the game will pay out $88.25 over the long term.