Guide To Pennsylvania Lottery Draw Games

Martin Derbyshire July 29, 2018
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The Pennsylvania Lottery launched in 1972 with a 50-cent weekly draw game. More traditional lottery draw games were soon added.

In 2002, the Pennsylvania Lottery began selling tickets for the popular multi-state jackpot lottery game Powerball. Then, in 2010, The Pennsylvania Lottery launched sales of the other popular multi-state jackpot game Mega Millions.

The Pennsylvania Lottery now offers several different in-state exclusive and multi-state draw games.

The Pennsylvania Lottery launched a series of online instant win games at the end of May 2018. However, draw game tickets are still only available at lottery one of more than 9,400 authorized PA Lottery retailers across the state.

The draw games available include:

  • Powerball
  • Mega Millions
  • Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 4 Life
  • Cash 5
  • Match 6 Lotto
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Pick 2, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5

Multi-state draw games

Tickets for multi-state draw games including Powerball and Mega Millions are available through PA Lottery retailers.

Powerball

Powerball is an immensely popular multi-state draw game offered in 44 states, Washington D.C., US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. This includes Pennsylvania.

Tickets are just $2 each and jackpots start at $40 million. Draws are on Wednesday and Saturday nights.

Draws feature the selection of five white balls numbered 1-69 and one red Powerball numbered 1-26. Matching all six numbers triggers a jackpot win. Plus, matching the five white balls in any order will earn the ticket holder a prize of $1 million. Wins start when players match three white balls or the red Powerball.

Power Play is a special add-on feature allowing winners to increase prize amounts won. The Power Play option costs $1. The $1 million five-number prize is doubled to $2 million with the Power Play option. All other prizes are multiplied by a number from two to five, depending on the Power Play number drawn. It can also jump to 10 if the jackpot is less than $150 million. Of course, Power Play multipliers do not apply to jackpot wins.

Ticket sales stop one hour and 15 minutes before the draw.

The original Lotto*America Multi-State Lottery Association game became Powerball in 1992. The largest Powerball jackpot ever recorded was close to $1.6 billion in January 2016.

A total of 18 jackpot-winning Powerball tickets have been sold in Pennsylvania since the PA Lottery started selling tickets in 2002.

Players have a 1 in 292,201,338 chance of winning a Powerball jackpot.

Mega Millions

Mega Millions is a multi-state draw game offered in Pennsylvania, 43 other states, Washington D.C., and the US Virgin Islands.

Tickets are just $1 each and jackpots start at $15 million. Draws are on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Draws involve the selection of five white balls numbered 1-75 and one gold Mega Ball numbered 1-15. To win the jackpot, a ticket must match all six numbers. Additionally, matching the five white balls in any order guarantees a prize of $1 million.

Wins begin when tickets match three numbers or the Mega Ball. There is also a Megaplier feature allowing players to increase prizes other than the jackpot. The Megaplier costs $1.

Tickets are available at lottery retailers until 15 minutes before the draw.

The Big Game multi-state lottery became The Big Game Mega Mega Millions in 1996, then just Mega Millions in 2002.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot ever recorded was $656 million in March 2012. However, only two jackpot winning tickets have been sold in PA since the Pennsylvania Lottery began ticket sales in 2010.

Players have a 1 in 302,575,350 of winning a Mega Millions jackpot.

In-state draw games

Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 4 Life

Cash4Life is PA Lottery draw game with a top prize of $1,000 a day for life. There is also a secondary prize of a $1,000 a week for life.

Tickets are $2.

Draws are held Mondays and Thursdays. Draws involve the selection of five numbers from 1 to 60 and one Cash Ball number from 1 to 4.

The top prize is won by matching all six numbers. The secondary prize is won by matching all five numbers outside the Cash Ball number.

Prizes start by matching one number and the Cash Ball number. Players have a 1 in 21,846,048 chance of winning the top prize.

Cash 5

Cash 5 is a PA Lottery daily draw game available exclusively in Pennsylvania. Tickets are just $1. Jackpots start at $125,000 and grow until someone wins.

Draws are nightly at 6:59 p.m. and involve the selection of five numbers from 1 to 43.

Matching 5 of 5 numbers triggers a jackpot win. Wins start by matching 2 of 5 numbers. A players chance of winning the jackpot is 1 in 962,598.

Match 6 Lotto

Match 6 Lotto is a PA Lottery daily draw game available exclusively in Pennsylvania. Jackpots grow until there is a winner.

Tickets are just $2 and jackpots start at $500,000. Draws are nightly at 6:59 p.m.

Draws involve the selection of six numbers between 1 and 49. Matching all six numbers triggers a jackpot win.

All tickets also include two additional sets of six numbers randomly selected. Combined play allows players to win secondary prizes by matching at least four of these 18 numbers.

Regular wins start by matching 3 of 6 numbers. Players have a 1 in 4,661,272 chance of winning the jackpot.

Treasure Hunt

Treasure Hunt is another daily draw game available exclusively in PA. Tickets are just $1 and jackpots start at $10,000.

Draws are held daily at 1:35 p.m and involve the selection of five numbers between 1 and 30. Match all five numbers to become a Treasure Hunt jackpot winner.

Wins start by matching 2 of 5 numbers. Treasure Hunt players have a 1 in 142,506 chance of winning the jackpot, one of the best odds for jackpot games in the country.

Pick 2, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5

The PA Lottery Pick series of games are traditional numbers games with draws held twice daily.

The games feature the selection of two, three, four, and five single-digit numbers from 0-9. The top prizes are paid to tickets featuring all the numbers drawn in exact order.

Pick 5 includes a top prize of $50,000. Players have a 1 in 100,000 chance of winning it.

Wins start by picking just two number in the right order.

Pick series game players can also select an optional Wild Ball number. The PA Lottery draws a one Wild Ball number for all four Pick games at each draw.

If chosen correctly, the Wild Ball number drawn can replace any other number drawn to help create winning combinations.

Selecting a Wild Ball number doubles the cost of any ticket.