Pennsylvania Online Lottery

The Pennsylvania Lottery offers a wide variety of games. Most are available only through the Pennsylvania Lottery’s network of more than 9,400 official lottery retailers.

However, the PA Lottery launched an online lottery website at the end of May 2018 with 11 instant win online lottery games

The list of online instant win games is as follows:

  • Foxin’ Wins
  • Super Cash Buster
  • Big Money Slingo
  • Bigfoot Reveal
  • Crossword Cash
  • Cash in the Lamp
  • Super Gems
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Tweets
  • Volcano
  • Monster Wins
  • Cash Buster Towers

In order to buy Pennsylvania Lottery products online, players need to be at least 18 years old as well as inside state lines.

Players also need to set up an account online and deposit funds in that account using one of the following methods:

  • Visa Debit
  • Mastercard Debit
  • ACH
  • PayNearMe

Additionally, players are eligible for a $5 sign-up bonus if they register for an account through this website. All they need to do is enter the deposit bonus code PLAY5.

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PA Lottery draw games and more

Draw games are not currently available online.

In addition to a wide variety of constantly-changing instant-win Scratch-Off tickets, the Pennsylvania Lottery currently offers tickets to the following list of draw games through lottery retailers:

  • Powerball
  • Mega Millions
  • Pennsylvania Lottery Cash4Life
  • Cash 5
  • Match 6 Lotto
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Millionaire Raffle
  • Pick 2, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5

Fast Play

In 2017, the Pennsylvania Lottery launched Fast Play games. These are similar to instant-win Scratch-Off tickets, except there is no need to scratch the ticket.

Players simply pick a game and buy a ticket through a PA Lottery retailer or PA Lottery self-service-touch-screen vending terminal. The tickets are printed on-demand and instantly if the player wins.

Tickets range n price from $1 to $10.

Monitor games

On May 1, 2018, the Pennsylvania Lottery launched Keno. The game features draws every four minutes watchable on monitors at participating bars, restaurants and select lottery retailers across the state. Players choose up to 10 numbers from 1 to 80 before a computer randomly draws 20 numbers. The more a player plays and matches, the more they can win.

In addition to Keno, the Pennsylvania Lottery will launch Xpress Sports Virtual Sports monitor games in 2018. These games involve betting on simulated sporting events that can be viewed on the same monitors available at participating bars, restaurants and select lottery retailers across the state where Keno is played.

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History of the Pennsylvania Lottery

Where does the money go?

The Pennsylvania Lottery officially launched in August 1971. The plan was for proceeds to be used to provide property tax relief for seniors. The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery in the country that directs all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents.

However, the proceeds now fund several other programs for seniors in the Commonwealth, including:

  • Rent rebates
  • Free and reduced-fare transit programs
  • Low-cost prescription drug programs, including PACE and PACENET
  • Long-term living services
  • The 52 Area Agencies on Aging
  • Full- and part-time senior centers

The first game

Tickets for the Pennsylvania Lottery’s first game went on sale at the beginning of March 1972. The draw game had 50-cent tickets and a weekly drawing for a $50,000 top prize. Plus, there were periodic drawings were held for a $1 million prize. In the first six months, four $1 million winners were crowned.

In the first year the game was available the Pennsylvania Lottery generated $57.7 million in net revenue, almost doubling initial projections of $30 million.

However, in 1973, the Pennsylvania Lottery added two more weekly draw games: Lucky 7 and Winner’s Choice. Tickets for each were priced at $1.

PA Lottery lands on TV

Two years later, the Pennsylvania Lottery introduced its first instant game and ran its first televised draw game dubbed Millionaire Drawing.

The lottery’s first numbers game debut in 1977. The Daily Number asked players to select a three-digit number and watch a live, televised drawing to see if they’d won. A second weekly number game was added in 1980. Big 4 soon expanded to seven nights a week.

The Pennsylvania Lottery’s first lotto-style game made its debut in April 1982. Pennsylvania Lotto asked players to pick six numbers from 1 to 40. Jackpots started at $1 million. In its five-and-a-half year run, Pennsylvania Lotto created no less than 400 millionaires.

A second lotto-style game came to Pennsylvania two years later. Super 7 asked player to pick seven numbers from 1 to 80. A total of 11 winning numbers were drawn and players were required to match seven of them to win the jackpot, which started at $2 million.

PA Lottery’s 15th anniversary

The Pennsylvania Lottery celebrated its 15th anniversary in 1987 with the launch of a televised wheel-spin game. Saturday Spin saw five finalists selected by the Lottery from a group redeeming free tickets. The finalists had the chance to win $50,000, $100,000, or a $1 million annuity live on TV. Million Dollar Spin offered bigger prizes and replaced Saturday Spin in 1990.

In 1988, the Pennsylvania Lottery replaced Pennsylvania Lotto with another lotto-style game. Wild Card Lotto asked players to select six numbers from 1 to 48. The game also features a Wild Card number, giving players more chances to win. That same year, Pennsylvania Lottery officials announced they had reached more than $10 billion in sales since launch.

In 1991, Super 7 changed. Players could now pick seven numbers from 1 to 74 and a total of 10 winning numbers were drawn. That same year, Pennsylvania Lottery sales hit $15 billion, setting a North American record.

The draw game Cash 5 launched in 1992. Players were asked to select five numbers from 1 to 39 for a chance at a weekly all-cash jackpot that started at $100,000. The Pennsylvania Lottery began nightly Cash 5 drawings in 1998.

Electronic games

In 1994, the first all-electronic jackpot game debuted. Hearts & Diamonds is a five-card computerized poker-style game using half a deck. At the time, the top prize was $20,000.

In 1995, the Pennsylvania Lottery stopped selling Super 7 tickets. It was almost immediately replaced by Keystone Jackpot. Players were asked to select six numbers from 1 to 33 and a separate blue “Key Ball” number from 1 to 33. Jackpots began at $3 million and increased in $500,000 increments. This made Keystone Jackpot the lottery’s richest game to date.

In 1997, Pennsylvania Lottery officials announced total contributions to programs for older Pennsylvanians had gone over $10 billion since the lottery launched.

The PA lottery website

The palottery.com website launched in 1988. That same year, the Lottery retired Wild Card Lotto, Keystone Jackpot, and the Million Dollar Spin televised games.

In their stead, the Pennsylvania Lottery launched a new terminal-based game. Super 6 Lotto asked players to select six numbers from 1 to 69. Tickets gave players three plays for $1. Jackpots started at $3 million, offered as either a 26-year annuity or cash.

In June 2002, the Pennsylvania Lottery launched sales for the Powerball multi-state jackpot game.

Powerball is one of the most popular lottery games in the country. The multi-state draw game is in 44 states, Washington, D.C., US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Powerball players are asked to pick five numbers from 1 to 69 and one Powerball number from 1 to 26. Jackpots start at $40 million. The largest ever recorded was $1.6 billion. Tickets are just $2 each. Draws are held Wednesday and Saturday nights.

In 2004, the Pennsylvania Lottery retired its Super 6 Lotto game and launched a new terminal-based game. Match 6 Lotto asked players to select a set of six numbers, from 1 to 49. A computer selected two more sets of six numbers, giving players 18 numbers in an effort to match numbers on lines like a bingo card. Jackpots started at $500,000.

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Player-activated terminals

That same year, the Pennsylvania Lottery launched player-activated terminals, which are self-service units selling instant and terminal-based game tickets. Another terminal-based game also launched. Lucky for Life Lotto featured a guaranteed $1 million payout with prizes paid in annual installments of $36,000 each.

In 2005, the Pennsylvania Lottery launched a raffle-style game featuring 500,000 tickets and four $1 million top prizes. Tickets for the first Millionaire Raffle sold out in less than two weeks.

In 2007, Lucky for Life Lotto retired and sales for Mix & Match began. Mix & Match asked players pick five numbers from 1 to 19. Players won by matching one or more numbers in the same position as the draw or three or more in any position.

That same year a new mid-day terminal-based game debuted. Treasure Hunt asked players select five numbers from 1 to 30. They won by matching two or more numbers.

More changes, more games

In February 2008, the Pennsylvania Lottery changed its Cash 5 game. Players are now asked to select five numbers from 1 to 43, and the starting jackpot raised to $125,000.

Later that same year, a new numbers game made its debut. Quinto is a five-number game offering a top prize of $50,000.

In 2009, the Match 6 Lotto game retired and the Pennsylvania Lottery brought back a version of Super 7. This one asked players to choose seven numbers from 1 to 77. They need to match seven of 11 numbers drawn to win the top prize.

In January 2010 the Pennsylvania Lottery launched Mega Millions ticket sales. Like Powerball, Mega Millions is a multi-jurisdictional lottery game offered in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Players are asked to pick five numbers from 1 to 70 and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 25.

Jackpots start at $40 million and climb until someone wins it. Mega Millions draws are on Tuesday and Friday. Tickets cost $2.

Later that year, Super 7 again retired and Match 6 Lotto returned.

PICK games launched

In 2015, the Pennsylvania Lottery launched PICK games. PICK 2 is a twice-daily draw game, asking players to choose any two-digit number. The lottery’s original daily draw game, The Daily Number, is renamed PICK 3. BIG 4 became PICK 4 and Quinto became PICK 5.

Later that year the Pennsylvania Lottery also launched a new draw game. Cash4Life offered a top prize of $1,000 a day for life and a second-place prize of $1,000 a week for life. Players are asked to choose five numbers from 1-60 and one green Cash Ball number from 1-4. Draws are held Mondays and Thursdays.

In 2017, the Pennsylvania Lottery launched Fast Play games. These are essentially instant-win scratch-off tickets with no need to scratch the ticket.

That same year, the Match 6 lotto went from twice-weekly to nightly drawings.

Keno and online lottery instant win games

On May 1, 2018, the Pennsylvania Lottery launched Keno. The game features draws every four minutes watchable on monitors at participating bars, restaurants and select lottery retailers across the state. Players choose up to 10 numbers from 1 to 80 before a computer randomly draws 20 numbers. The more a player plays and matches, the more they can win.

Nearing the end of May 2018, the Pennsylvania Lottery also launched its first online lottery products. The PAilottery.com website features 11 online instant-win interactive games with prizes of up to $250,000. The games are also available through the PA Lottery mobile app.

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