Pennsylvania became just one of a handful of states planning to offer legal online lottery ticket sales when state lawmakers passed a comprehensive gambling expansion bill in October 2017.

Learn more about the possibilities for Pennsylvania’s legal online lottery, the games you may be able to play, and answers to commonly asked questions regarding the Pennsylvania Lottery online.

What games can I play?

There are two types of lottery games expected to be available online in Pennsylvania. These include:

  • Draw games
  • Online scratch-offs

The PA online lottery may also include Keno and Virtual Sports games.

Draw games

The Pennsylvania Lottery is expected to start online sales of draw games in 2018. At launch, the games will likely include:

  • Powerball
  • Mega Millions

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

Jackpots start at $40 million. Tickets are just $2 each. Drawings are Wednesday and Saturday nights. Powerball is known for its massive jackpots. The largest ever recorded was $1.6 billion.

Mega Millions is another multi-jurisdictional lottery game offered in 44 states,  Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Jackpots start at $40 million and climb until someone matches the winning lottery numbers. Mega Millions drawing days are Tuesday and Friday, and tickets cost $2.

Other PA lottery draw games that could be made available online include:

  • Pick 2, Pick 3, Pick 4, and Pick 5
  • Wildball
  • Cash 4 Life
  • Cash 5
  • Match 6
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Millionaire Raffle

Online scratch-offs

The PA lottery is expected to offer online sales of electronic versions of the same scratch-off games available at PA lottery retailers.

Online, the games will feature a graphic interface rather than a traditional scratch-off ticket. However, the games will be virtually the same. The object of a scratch-off or instant lottery ticket is to match prize amounts or specific symbols leading to a prize.

There are currently more than 50 scratch-offs available at retailers in Pennsylvania. New ones are added and titles change regularly.

Some of the most popular scratch-offs in PA include:

  • $3 Million Mega Multiplier
  • $100,000 Wish List
  • Crazy Wild Ca$h
  • $1 Million Pennsylvania Payout
  • $1,000,000 Silver & Gold
  • Money Multiplier
  • Millionaire

How to sign up for the Pennsylvania Lottery online

In order to buy lottery tickets online, you’re likely going to need to sign up for an account with the PA Lottery website.

Like other state online lottery sales before it, PA players must be 18 years or older, have a valid PA address, and be within PA state borders in order to play online.

An email address and password will then be required. Players should be able to fund their accounts using a credit or debit card or by purchasing an online deposit card from a licensed lottery retailer in the state.

Signing will likely be a safe and secure process using encryption and available using a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Are there Pennsylvania Lottery promos?

When you sign up for an account with the PA Lottery online, you should be able to take advantage of certain special promotional offers.

Players can expect the PA online lottery to feature a player loyalty rewards program that allows them to enter second chance drawings, receive coupons, and special offers.

There may even be rewards points for volume play that players can turn into free tickets or other prizes.

How to make a deposit online

Once you have signed up for an account with the PA Lottery online, you should be able to deposit funds securely using one of three methods:

  • Major credit cards
  • Debit cards
  • Online deposit card from a licensed retailer

The online deposit cards should be available at any one of thousands of PA Lottery retailers across the state. The cards should allow players to make online deposits without using a credit or debit card.

Players can expect a simple deposit process. It should be as easy as signing into your account on the PA Lottery website, clicking a “Deposit” tab, choosing a deposit method, and entering your deposit information.

Within a few minutes you should be able to purchase PA lottery products online.

What happens if I win?

Like most other states with online lottery sales, any win up to $600 in PA should be automatically deposited into your Pennsylvania Lottery account. However, anything above that will likely involve a more intricate process.

Prizes of more than $600 and up to $50,000 will likely need to be claimed in person at a PA Lottery office. Prizes of more than $50,000 will certainly need to be claimed in person only at PA Lottery headquarters.

Pennsylvania online lottery and the law

In December 2011, the US Department of Justice released a legal opinion on the Wire Act stating anything outside of sports betting events falls outside the act’s reach. This gave states the all clear that online lottery tickets were legal.

In October 2017, Pennsylvania passed a comprehensive gambling expansion package that including legal and regulated online gambling. This included online lottery sales.

Sales are expected to begin sometime in 2018.

Oversight of PA Lottery online

The Pennsylvania lottery has been around since 1972. The state government mandates that all of its proceeds go to programs for elderly residents.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board does not oversee the Pennsylvania Lottery. However, it does fall under the purview of the PA House of Representatives’ Gaming Oversight Committee.

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Are the games fair?

Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko is responsible for the overall management and operation of the lottery in PA, including assuring the accountability and integrity of the organization and all its games.

Benefits of the online lottery for PA

The PA Lottery reported ticket sales of more than $4 billion for its 2016-2017 fiscal year. More than $1 billion went to the state’s lottery fund.

All of its proceeds go to programs for elderly residents in PA.

The Department of Aging receives 78 percent of its budget from the lottery. The Office of Long-Term Living, receives four percent of its funding from the lottery fund. Programs like shared-ride and free-ride for seniors are entirely funded by the lottery.

In the meantime, the lottery funds close to half of the property tax and rent rebate program for seniors.

Do online lottery sales take away from regular lottery sales?

No. PA Lottery sales reached $4 billion in fiscal year 2016-2017 and are expected to grow even further in the first fiscal year featuring online ticket sales.

The overwhelming majority of the sales still occur at thousands of PA Lottery retailers throughout the state. Online sales are only expected to add to them.