Pennsylvania Online Lottery Overview

Pennsylvania Lottery options and features have exploded in recent years, giving players access to online lottery games, a helpful app, and so much more. This page will answer your questions about all aspects of Pennsylvania’s online lottery games, playable options, and retail information.

Can you play the PA Lottery online?

Yes, you can.

The PA iLottery app lets you play games for money. Players can purchase tickets to draw games or play an impressive collection of online games, including some big-name titles such as Press Your Luck and Wizard of Oz.

Pennsylvania launched online lottery games in 2018 and is now one of 12 states (along with Washington DC) that provide players with access to state-run online lottery gaming.

Main facts to know about the PA online lottery – June 2024

The Pennsylvania online lottery launched in the spring of 2018 and has been a popular gaming option ever since. Here are some of the key rules and features.

Does Pennsylvania have an online lottery?Yes
When did it launch its online lottery?May 2018
How can you play the PA Lottery online?Website, mobile app
What type of games can you play?eInstants, draw games (including Powerball and Mega Millions)
Accepted payment and withdrawal methodsCredit/debit card, ACH e-check, PayPal, Play+, WebCash
Legal age to play18 and up
Who regulates the PA online lottery?The Pennsylvania Lottery

Our experience playing the PA Lottery online

We thoroughly tested both the PA Lottery website and the app to give our honest feedback in this review.

Signing up was quick and easy

We checked, and it took roughly two minutes for us to register. We loved how, at all times, we could tap the green chat bubble icon in the bottom right if we wanted access to live chat help.

Here’s how to sign up.

1

On the site, tap “Join” in the upper left corner. In the app, tap “Join” in the upper right corner. You will be directed to a page called “VIP PLAYERS CLUB — JOIN.” This is the correct page. You need to be a VIP Players Club member to play online.

2

Type in your email address and create a password.

3

Enter your name, gender, birth date, country of residence, address, and phone number.

4

On the next screen, enter the last four digits of your Social Security number, choose two security questions and answers, add a promo code (if you have one), and choose whether you want to receive special offer emails and/or text messages.

Then, tap “SUBMIT.”

App vs. browser: Which is better?

We’re honestly a bit surprised at how outdated the PA online lottery site and app look compared to other online lottery sites, considering how long the state has been offering an iLottery product. Still, both get the job done just fine without any significant complaints.

The website and app are quite similar, which is nice for users (like us) who like to use both, depending on convenience.

The main difference between the two is actually the home screen. The site has a toolbar at the top of the page with buttons for “Play Online,” “Games,” and “More,” and these all direct you to literally anywhere you could possibly need to go on the site … except to responsible gaming information. We’d love to see this changed; you can access safe play resources, but you have to scroll down to the menu in the site footer.

If you’re using the PA Lottery app, you’ll see a home screen consisting of eight gray squares with your main menu options, including “PLAY ONLINE,” “TICKET CHECKER,” and “VIP AND SECOND CHANCE.”

Screenshot of the PA online lottery app home screen for PlayiLottery review

Each game page on both the site and app has the maximum prize amount listed, as well as an info button that can provide gameplay instructions and additional information.

In addition, the “My VIP” button at the top right provides easy access to all your account information, including your transaction history and a cashier link for deposits and withdrawals.

Promotions

Pennsylvania players have access to a steady stream of lottery promo codes and iLottery promotions.

The current PA Lottery welcome offer provides a 100% deposit match bonus of up to $1,000, as well as a $20 no-deposit bonus. Deposit and bonus money must be played through 10 times before it can be withdrawn. Additional terms may apply. Another offer provides a $75 bonus for you and another $100 for a friend when they sign up with your referral and create a qualifying account.

Lottery players can also join the free VIP Players Club, which provides special offers, information, and second-chance promotions to lottery players.

Finally, ongoing daily promotions can deliver additional bonuses each day.

To find all promotional information on the website, tap “More” in the toolbar at the top of the home screen and select either “VIP Players Club” or “Second Chance.” On the app, tap the “VIP AND SECOND CHANCE” button in the bottom right of the home screen.

Pros and cons of the PA online lottery

Pros

  • iLottery games are available from the comfort of your home.
  • Transactions are simpler than in person, with payment methods all handled electronically.
  • Digital tickets save you the trouble of having to hold (or worry about losing) a paper ticket.

Cons

  • The ease of gaming could push players past healthy spending limits. Players would be wise to review the responsible gaming tools available via the link at the bottom of the web page and app menu.

How to buy PA Lottery tickets online

The Pennsylvania Lottery makes it pretty simple to buy tickets online. We used Pick 4 as an example, but all draw games follow a similar model.

1

Choose your game.

On the site, you can access the games library by tapping “Play Online” and then “Buy Draw Games.” (Tapping “Games” then “Draw Games” will take you to information pages on the games, where you don’t have the option to buy tickets.)

If you’re on the app, tap “PLAY ONLINE” and then find the draw game you want to play.

2

Learn about the game.

Choosing a game will direct you to that game’s page, with information on previous winning numbers, next draw times, and a “LEARN HOW” button that will show you detailed instructions on how to play the game. We love player-friendly helpful tools like this.

When you’re ready, tap “BUY NOW.” And if you have any questions, tap the green chat bubble icon in the lower right to access customer support live chat.

Screenshot of Pick 4 page on the PA Lottery online platform for PlayiLottery review

3

Select numbers and specify details of your purchase.

For Pick 4, we were then given the option of whether to select an evening or day drawing, and whether we wanted to play straight or box. Then, you choose the amount you want to spend per play, how many drawings you want to play, and if you want to add the Wild Ball.

After that, you can either pick your own numbers or use the QUICK PICK option to have numbers randomly selected for you.

Screenshot of the screen to select numbers for Pick 4 on the PA Lottery app for PlayiLottery review

4

Buy your tickets.

Then, tap “BUY NOW” and complete the steps to check out.

How to play Powerball in Pennsylvania

On the site, tap “Play Online” and then select “Buy Draw Games.” Tap on Powerball on the next page. If you’re using the app, tap “PLAY ONLINE” and then select Powerball on the next screen.

Then, tap “BUY NOW” on the following page.

Then, select from the following options:

  • How many plays?
  • How many consecutive draws?
  • Subscribe and never miss a drawing?
  • Add Power Play?
  • Add Double Play?
  • Select numbers or Quick Pick?
  • Then, click “BUY NOW” and complete the steps to check out.

How to play Mega Millions in Pennsylvania

If you’re on the website, tap “Play Online” and then select “Buy Draw Games.” Pick Mega Millions on the next page. App users can tap “PLAY ONLINE” from the home screen and then select Mega Millions on the next screen.

Tap “BUY NOW” on the following page.

Then, select from the following options:

  • How many plays?
  • How many consecutive draws?
  • Subscribe and never miss a drawing?
  • Add Megaplier?
  • Select numbers or Quick Pick?
  • Then, click “BUY NOW” and complete the steps to check out.

What online lottery games can you play in Pennsylvania?

In addition to the well-known draw games, Pennsylvania lottery players also have a number of other online gaming options.

eInstants

The Pennsylvania Lottery has more than 150 games currently available on its eInstants page. These instant win games are essentially online scratchers, with playful and colorful graphics and animations revealing winnings in an instant, just as your quarter would do with a retail scratch-off ticket.

No matter which kind of game or theme you prefer, you are likely to find plenty of options. There are branded games such as Monopoly, Clue, Deal or No Deal, and The Game of Life, as well as seasonal or sports-themed titles. You can also try a demo of the games before spending any real money. Many of them include progressive jackpots, which are large prizes that increase every time a game is played and the massive jackpot is not won.

  • Best instant win game: Fruit Farm Frenzy is an adorable connect-style game with some rewarding features, such as a chance to multiply your total won by 10 times. The maximum prize of $300,000 isn’t too shabby, either.

Powerball, Mega Millions

Of course, if you are seeking the biggest payday possible, it’s hard to pass up the multi-state lottery jackpots produced by Powerball and Mega Millions. Both games have produced some massive payouts in recent months and the next one never seems that far away.

iLottery makes it easy to purchase tickets from home. Just follow the steps listed above to purchase your tickets.

Pick 4, other draw games

Other lottery draw games available on iLottery include the classics (Pick 2, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5), Treasure Hunt, Cash4Life, and Match 6. The Match 6 game is also capable of producing big payouts for players who enjoy chasing a jackpot.

  • Best draw game: We like Cash4Life, which pays out $1,000 every day for the rest of your life. That’s a fun twist on the massive lump sum people typically associate with lottery jackpots.

Games not available online in PA

Keno

Online keno is not available via the Pennsylvania online lottery, but players who enjoy the game can play versions of it via PA online casino platforms. Keno games are also available at PA Lottery retailers with options to watch live drawings at select locations.

Fast Play

Fast Cash lottery games can be purchased at PA lottery retailers. Like scratch-off games, they give players the option to win instantly but do not require any actual scratching. Fast Play tickets can be printed on demand after purchase, and players can simply follow the instructions on the ticket to see if they have won.

Prizes are valid for a year following the ticket’s purchase and can be checked by scanning in person or with the PA Lottery app.

Scratch-offs

Scratch-offs are another classic lottery game, but new dollar and prize amounts have helped to boost the jackpot potential. Some $50 tickets have top prizes of $5 million. Other tickets can be purchased for just $1.

Overall, scratch-off tickets are available at price points from $1 to $50 with game styles, themes, and payout structures that provide PA Lottery players with a plethora of options.

Xpress Sports

The PA Lottery’s two Xpress Sports offerings are EndZone Cash (a football game) and Derby Cash (a horse racing title). Both games provide the excitement of live sports action via computer simulations.

To play, users must pick up a playslip at any PA Lottery retailer and then select their event, wagering amount, and play type. Once you’ve finalized your playslip and completed your payment, you can watch your event. Recent and past results are both available on the PA Lottery app and the PA Lottery website.

Retail-only draw games

A pair of draw games are available only via Pennsylvania Lottery retailers: Millionaire Raffle and Cash 5.

The most recent Millionaire Raffle this past January paid out $1 million to four winners and $800,000 in extra prizes. Meanwhile, Cash 5 pays out big prizes every day, with all the cash paid out in one lump sum. The Cash 5 game also provides a Quick Cash option that prints with your ticket and pays out $2 to $6 instantly.

Latest PA Lottery industry news

Pennsylvania Supreme Court To Hear Case On Legality Of Skill Games

June 21, 2024 | By: Drew Ellis

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced earlier this week that it will hear the case on the legality of skill games in the state.

Unclaimed Mega Millions Brings Nearly $700K Boost To PA Lottery Fund

May 23, 2024 | By: Nathan Frederick

A sizable Mega Millions jackpot from last year was never claimed, providing the Pennsylvania Lottery Fund an additional $678,000 bonus for support programs.

Pennsylvania Lottery Has ‘Resumed Processing Claims’ After Delays

May 10, 2024 | By: Nathan Frederick

The PA Lottery system upgrade is delaying claims processing, but its staff is now working overtime to move them and return to a normal timeline.

PA Senator Debuts Bill Banning Credit Cards For iLottery, Online Gambling

April 26, 2024 | By: Hill Kerby

Pennsylvania Senator Wayne Fontana introduced Senate Bill 1159 this week in hopes of banning credit card usage for all online gambling in the state.

Deposit and withdrawal options

The Pennsylvania iLottery simplifies transactions with electronic methods, but multi-state players should be aware that deposit and withdrawal options are unique to each state.

Here’s information on deposits.

Deposit methodMaximum deposit
ACH transfer ➡️No limit
Debit 🏧No limit
Credit 💳$1,000 per 24 hour period
PayPal 💲No limit
Play+ ➕$25,000 (max balance on Play+ account)
WebCash 💵$1,000 per transaction

And here’s some info on how to withdraw money from the PA Lottery app and website.

Withdrawal methodsWithdrawal limitsWithdrawal times
ACH transfer ➡️No Limit3-5 days (provider may then take up to an additional 5 days)
Debit 🏧N/A3-5 days (provider may then take up to an additional 5 days)
Credit 💳N/A3-5 days (provider may then take up to an additional 5 days)
PayPal 💲$10,0003-5 days (provider may then take up to an additional 5 days)
Play+ ➕$25,000 (max balance on Play+ account)3-5 days (provider may then take up to an additional 5 days)
WebCash 💵N/A3-5 days (provider may then take up to an additional 5 days)

How to claim online lottery winnings in Pennsylvania

Information regarding claiming online lottery prizes is vague at best on the PA Lottery site. As a result, we used the live chat feature to see if customer service could provide more info. Luckily, we spoke with a supremely helpful customer service representative. Here’s what she said:

  • Up to $1 million: Prizes up to $1 million will be automatically deposited into your online account. You will then be able to withdraw money based on the standard withdrawal limits for the PA Lottery online.
  • $1 million and more: “You will be provided a claim number via email along with instructions on how to claim said jackpot,” the customer service representative told us.

Playing the PA Lottery online vs. in person

Lottery retailers can provide the benefit of immediate customer service if you have questions or encounter difficulties.

On the other hand, playing lottery games online delivers the convenience and comfort of home.

Both options provide unique benefits, so players should simply follow their preferences. There’s no wrong way to play. Just know your limits and follow the recommendations of responsible gaming.

Online lotteryRetail lottery
Play from your phone/desktop
Powerball and Mega Millions
Fast Play
Scratch-offs
Accepts cash
Credit/debit accepted
Minimum age18+18+
Second-chance drawings

Where can I buy a lottery ticket in Pennsylvania?

If you don’t want to buy lottery tickets online in Pennsylvania, there are more than 9,600 retail locations and kiosks for land-based purchases. Here’s an overview of places where you can typically expect to find lottery sales:

  • Gas stations
  • Grocery and convenience stores
  • Select beer distributors, liquor stores, and bars

Use the PA Lottery’s find-a-retailer tool to find a vendor in your area

Checking tickets online or via the PA Lottery app

On the app, tap “TICKET SCANNER” in the lower right of the home screen, tap “Scan Ticket” on the next screen, and then align the lottery ticket’s barcode/QR Code in the viewing window of your device and hold it steady to scan.

Screenshot of the ticket checker page at the PA Lottery online for PlayiLottery review

A new window should appear, confirming your win and identifying the ticket as a loser.

Please also note the PA Lottery’s disclaimer on the Ticket Checker:

“Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the Ticket Checker results. However, all tickets should be verified by a PA Lottery Retailer or at a PA Lottery Office to determine if they are entitled to a prize.”

The site doesn’t have a ticket scanner, but you can still check your numbers. Tap “Games” in the top toolbar, then tap “Draw Games” and then “Draw Games” again (yes, it’s a bit repetitive). Then, on the next page, pick the draw game whose numbers you want to check. You’ll be directed to a screen showing you the most recent winning numbers.

Notable recent PA lottery winners

Responsible gaming in Pennsylvania

Any type of gaming, whether it be with the Pennsylvania Lottery or another entity, should be conducted in line with the best responsible gaming practices.

The Pennsylvania Lottery has earned a number of responsible gaming certifications, including recognition from the National Council on Problem Gaming.

The PA Lottery site also has a number of responsible gaming links and resources available at the bottom of the website. Tips and tools include:

  • Free screening tool
  • 1-800-GAMBLER
  • Setting limits
  • Cool-off periods
  • Self-exclusion
  • Know the warning signs

You can also visit the PlayiLottery responsible gaming hub for more information.

PA online lottery FAQ

Is it safe to play the PA Lottery online?

Yes, the Pennsylvania Lottery is a fully regulated, legal gaming enterprise sanctioned by the state. Furthermore, the PA online lottery utilizes the best practices in the gaming industry to keep your personal and financial information safe and secure. You can enhance the security measures by creating a highly secure password, not saving your password to any device, and ensuring that you always sign out when playing on a shared device.

Taken together, these methods help to create an extremely safe gaming environment.

Can you redeem PA Lottery tickets online?

When you play or buy your ticket online via the PA Lottery, winnings up to $1 million can be redeemed via your online account. If you win a prize of $1 million or larger, you will be sent claim instructions via email.

Does Pennsylvania offer any online lottery promotions?

Yes, there are welcome offers for new players and a steady rotation of other promotions for existing accounts. The PA Lottery has a number of daily promotions with new offers added frequently. Check back often for new incentives and new bonuses, many of which are tied to specific games.

What is the minimum age to play the lottery in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania Lottery players must be 18 or older. And regardless of age, all users are encouraged to play responsibly.

Is there a PA Lottery app?

Yes, search for the free PA Lottery Official App on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

Do I have to pay taxes on PA Lottery winnings?

Yes. The IRS views lottery winnings as regular taxable income. Consult with a tax professional for more detailed information.

Can I play Powerball online in Pennsylvania?

Yes, Powerball draw tickets can be purchased online in PA with all the essential offerings of the retail game.

Can I play Mega Millions online in Pennsylvania?

Yes, Mega Millions draw tickets are available for purchase online in PA.

Does the PA Lottery offer online slots?

The line between PA Lottery games and online slots and other casino games is somewhat blurred. In fact, casino operators filed a lawsuit claiming that the PA Lottery’s online games were infringing on the online casino offerings, but a state judge ruled in favor of the PA Lottery in a 2021 decision.

Many online lottery games have similar titles and themes to online casino offerings. So there are definitely some similarities between the two gaming formats. However, they are not the same thing, and the PA Lottery does not offer online slots.

About the Author

Nathan Frederick

Nathan Frederick

Nathan Frederick is a graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and has over two decades of experience in the sports and gaming industries. His work includes digital and print media, numerous podcast appearances, and more than 1,000 published bylines. He has also authored three books, one of which launched as an Amazon No. 1 New Release. You can email him at [email protected].
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