Pennsylvania Lottery General Information
The Pennsylvania Lottery plays six state drawn game - Daily Number (with midday and evening draws),
Big 4 (with midday and evening drawss), Quinto (with midday and evening draws),
Treasure Hunt, Cash 5, and Match6.
Plus, two multiple-state games - Powerball and Mega Millions.
Compared to other states, the Pennsylvania offers a very high variety of lottery games.
A Random Number Generator (RNG), consisting of secure computerized systems, selects at random the numbers for Mid-day drawings
of The Daily Number, BIG 4, Quinto and Treasure Hunt games. Evening drawings can be viewed on
TV stations listed here.
This page is a quick reference, or a summary of the most relevant information contained in the Pennsylvania Lottery
web site. Links to details are provided for more pertinent information.
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Pennsylvania Lotteries Drawing Days and Times
The following table lists the drawing schedule of all Pennsylvania lottery games. Drawing times are local and approximate.
|Game||Draw Days||Draw Time|
|Daily Number Day||Everyday||1:35 p.m|
|Daily Number Evening||Everyday||7 p.m|
|Big 4 Day||Everyday||1:35 p.m|
|Big 4 Evening||Everyday||7 p.m|
|Quinto Day||Everyday||1:35 p.m|
|Quinto Evening||Everyday||7 p.m|
|Treasure Hunt||Everyday||1:35 p.m|
|Cash 5||Everyday||7 p.m.|
|Match6||Monday and Thursday||7 p.m.|
|Mega Millions||Tuesday and Friday||11 p.m|
|Powerball||Wednesday and Saturday||11 p.m.|
Pennsylvania Lottery Games - Types, Top Prizes, Odds
The following is a compact summary of each Pennsylvania lottery game. It includes a brief description of how to play a game, the top
prizes/jackpots, and the odds of winning the top prize. You can click on a game name for detailed information.
|Game||How to Play||Top Prize||Top Prize Odds|
|Daily Number||Select 3-digits 000 to 999||$500||1 in 1,000|
|Big 4||Select 4-digits 0000 to 9999||$5,000||1 in 10,000|
|Quinto||Select 5-digits 00000 to 99999||$50,000||1 in 100,000|
|Treasure Hunt||Select 5 numbers, 1 through 30||$10,000+|
|1 in 142,506|
|Cash 5||Select 5 numbers, 1 through 43||$125,000+|
|1 in 962,598|
|Match6||Select 6 numbers, 1 through 49||$500,000+|
|1 in 4,661,273|
|Mega Millions||Select 5 numbers, 1 through 56 |
+ 1 Megaball number, 1 through 46
|1 in 175,711,536|
|Powerball||Select 5 numbers, 1 through 59 |
+ 1 Powerball number, 1 through 39
|1 in 195,249,054|
Top prizes listed with "rollover" are the starting amount. The Jackpot prizes will grow after every draw until someone wins.
Pari-mutuel prize structure means players' winnings are determined by dividing the prize pool allocated for that winning category by the
number of winners.
Pennsylvania Lottery General Rules and Regulations
The following are the most prominent rules and regulations that the player should be aware of before playing the Pennsylvania lottery games.
- The PA lottery web site has no information on general rules such as player age limit, who cannot play, if it is possible to
play over the internet, by mail, or by phone, etc.
Claiming Prizes of the Pennsylvania Lottery
Here are the steps you have to follow if you are a lucky winner of any Pennsylvania lottery,
- You have one year from the date of a drawing to claim a prize
- If you have a winning ticket, complete the back of your ticket, providing your name, address, phone number and signature.
- Each lottery ticket is a bearer document, meaning it is legally owned by whomever possesses it, at least until it is signed.
- Pennsylvania Lottery retailers can pay prizes up to and including $2,500.
- If you’ve won more than $600 on a single ticket, you must fill out a standard claim form and send it to Lottery headquarters.
- Although you have 1 year to claim a prize, after 180 days, however, you must file a claim form for terminal-based prizes that exceed $100.
- PA Lottery prizes are not subject to state or local taxes for Pennsylvania residents, however, federal tax law requires the Lottery
to withhold 25% in federal taxes from prizes over $5,000.
- Before paying a prize, the Pennsylvania Lottery checks with the state Department of Public Welfare to determine if a Lottery
claimant owes any delinquent child support payments.
- For further information, please see the following pages,
Pennsylvania lottery prize claiming page
Pennsylvania Lottery’s Winners’ Handbook
Where do the Pennsylvania Lottery profits go?
The purpose of creating the Pennsylvania Lottery was, and remains, to generate funds to benefit programs for the Commonwealth's older residents.
Since 1972, when its first game went on sale, the Pennsylvania Lottery has contributed more than $21.5 billion in services for
older Pennsylvanians through Revenue's Tax/Rent Rebate program; a free and reduced fare transit program; the low-cost prescription
drug programs PACE and PACENET; a Department of Public Welfare program providing long-term living services; and 52 Area Agencies
on Aging throughout the Commonwealth, including full- and part-time senior community centers across the state.
Currently, 61% is returned to the players as prizes, 29.9% goes to benefits programs, and the rest is spent on commissions and operating expenses.
More information can be found at: here
Information on Each Pennsylvania Lottery Game
Further information on each Pennsylvania lottery lottery game such as how to play, how to win, prizes, etc., is available on
this site at the following pages.
US-Lotteries.com is not in any way affiliated with the Pennsylvania Lottery. The information listed here is just a summary of important facts
extracted from Pennsylvania Lottery web site. The main purpose of US-Lotteries.com is to present statistics and analysis of winning numbers, plus, online
tools and calculators such as wheels and combinations generators. Click below to see the contents of the tools available for each game.