Since back in 1971, the Pennsylvania Lottery has been sweeping through the state, introducing hundreds of new games and big lotteries. Unlike the other state lotteries, most of the proceeds of these games are spent on the betterment of the Pennsylvanian community. Over the past year, this lottery has managed to donate over $1 billion in funds to the seniors program.
The Big Games
The Powerball and Mega Millions games hit Pennsylvania in 2009 and 2010. In the first Mega Millions draw, a Pennsylvania native took home the second-tier prize of $250 000 and since then, the cash prizes have just been getting greater.
A Pittsburgh man became the first Pennsylvania Lottery Mega Millions jackpot winner in 2014. Surprisingly, he waited for 100 days before claiming his grand prize, accepting the $149 million as a cash payout of $86,755,350.
Twice a year, excitement fills Pennsylvanians as they prepare to enter the Millionaire Raffle. There are only a limited amount of tickets for each draw and the chance of taking home a cool $1 million is 1 in 125 000. These odds are better than most draws and 4 people can walk away with the jackpot prize each time. In this case, there is no need to choose numbers as these are generated by the computer.
Daily games give players the chance to collect smaller, yet substantial prizes instantly when they enter each day.
Cash 5 is one of the biggest games, with players entering their 5 numbers between 1 and 43. Cash prizes can reach close to the $1 million mark with rollovers until the prize is eventually claimed.
This game has a jackpot starting at $10 000 and players can enter this game every day at midday. To play, pick 5 numbers between 1 and 30 or, select the quick pick option to have your numbers randomly selected by the computer.
Playing the instant scratch-off games is fun and rewarding. Instant prizes can be won by playing the different games which start at $1 per ticket and hit $20 per ticket. Some of the more popular games are the $1,000,000 Big Money and Buckets of Cash, where players can scratch their way to smaller cash prizes, all the way up to $1 million.
How to claim your winnings
The Pennsylvania Lottery has simple rules for claiming your winnings. If you have won less than $600, you can claim the money at any lottery kiosk, while international players will receive their payouts in their concierge accounts. This can then be drawn immediately or kept for future lottery games.
If you have won more than that amount, you will need to visit a lottery district to claim your money. International players will need to contact the lottery, but all claims must be made within 180 days of the draw. There are different rules for claiming scratch-offs wins as this must be made within 60 days.
Whether you are playing from overseas or you are a local, you will need to pay federal and state taxes.