Pennsylvania Lottery: Results, Winning Numbers, and General Information

By Kate Loyola
Last Updated: December 9, 2018

About the Pennsylvania Lottery

Pennsylvania Lottery logo and sloganThe Pennsylvania State Lottery started in August 1971, though the first game didn’t start selling tickets until March 1972. Proceeds for all the games go into state programs for the elderly — a marked departure from many state lotteries, which tend to raise funds for public education.

All in all, the Pennsylvania Lottery has generated almost $29 billion for programs that range from low-cost prescriptions to senior care services and centers all over the state.

Pennsylvania Lottery Tickets

You can buy tickets for Pennsylvania lottery games from authorized retailers and self-service vending terminals all over the state. The official website also has a “Where to Buy Tickets” section that helps you find retailers based on your given city or ZIP code.

You generally get one year to claim any prizes you’ve won:

  • Lottery draw games: one year from drawing date
  • Scratch-off games: one year from game end-sale date
  • Fast Play games: one year from ticket purchase date

If you take more than 180 days to claim a prize worth more than $100, you’ll need to submit a Claim Form to a Pennsylvania Lottery office to redeem your prize.

Can I buy PA Lottery tickets online?

No. The Pennsylvania State Lottery doesn’t offer online play for draw games, nor does it authorize or support the sale of lottery tickets online.

You can, however, play online for money through the iLottery games. These are virtual games where you usually have to match a certain number of symbols to win a prize.

PA Tickets Payment Methods

You can buy tickets at your nearest authorized retailer using cash or debit cards. Some retailers will also accept credit cards, but these are rare.

Pennsylvania Lottery Games and Drawing Schedules

Match 6

Match 6 is one of the Pennsylvania Lottery’s biggest games. To play, you only need to pick 6 numbers between 1 and 49. The game starts with a jackpot of $500,000 which rolls over whenever nobody wins. You have a 1 in 4,661,722 chance of hitting the jackpot.

Match 6 draws are held every day at 6:59 PM Eastern Time.

Cash4Life

Cash4Life is a regional lottery game currently offered by the Pennsylvania Lottery alongside other state lotteries (New York, New Jersey, Florida, Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland, Georgia, Indiana).

To enter, you have to pick 5 numbers, each from 1-60, as well as a Cash Ball number from 1-4. If you match all 6 numbers, you win $1,000 a day for life. Matching just the 5 numbers (and not the Cash Ball), meanwhile, nets you $1,000 a week for life.

Cash4Life draws are held every Monday and Thursday at 9 PM Eastern Time.

Cash 5

The Pennsylvania Lottery’s Cash 5 takes its name from the fact that all prizes are awarded in lump-sum cash — even the jackpot. The total prize pool starts at $125,000 and rolls over whenever nobody wins. What you have to keep in mind, though, is that different tiers’ prizes are percentages of the total prize pool. The game deducts all fourth prizes (worth $1) from the pot first before distributing the money to other winners.

To play Cash 5, you must select 5 numbers from 1-43. You must match all 5 numbers to hit the jackpot.

Cash 5 draws are held every day at 6:59 PM Eastern Time.

Pick 5

The Pennsylvania Pick 5 offers prizes worth up to $50,000. To play Pick 5, you must enter a 5-digit number from 00000 to 99999. You must match the 5 winning numbers in exact order to hit the top prize.

You can choose from 8 different playstyles:

  • Straight: You must match all 5 winning numbers in the exact order.
  • Box: You can match all 5 winning numbers in any order.
  • Front Four: You select 4 numbers (instead of 5), which must match the first 4 winning numbers in exact order.
  • Back Four: You select 4 numbers (instead of 5), which must match the last 4 winning numbers in exact order.
  • Front Three: You select 3 numbers (instead of 5), which must match the first 3 winning numbers in exact order.
  • Back Three: You select 3 numbers (instead of 5), which must match the last 3 winning numbers in exact order.
  • Front Pair: You select 2 numbers (instead of 5), which must match the first 2 winning numbers in exact order.
  • Back Pair: You select 2 numbers (instead of 5), which must match the last 2 winning numbers in exact order.

You can also play with the Wild Ball, which gives you a chance to exchange the Wild Ball number with one of the winning numbers so you can get a match.

Pick 5 draws are held twice a day at 1:35 PM and 6:59 PM Eastern Time.

Pick 4

Pennsylvania Pick 4 draws are held twice a day, with a top prize of $5000 per draw. To play Pick 4, you must enter a 4-digit number from 0000 to 9999. You must match the 4 winning numbers in exact order to hit the top prize.

You can bet $0.50 or $1 and choose from 3 different playstyles:

  • Straight: You must match all 5 winning numbers in the exact order.
  • Box: You can match all 5 winning numbers in any order.
  • Straight/Box: You can match the winning numbers in any order or in exact order. Available only at $1 per ticket, with $0.50 each going to Straight and Box wagers.

You can also play with the Wild Ball, which gives you a chance to exchange the Wild Ball number with one of the winning numbers so you can get a match.

Pick 4 draws are held twice a day at 1:35 PM and 6:59 PM Eastern Time.

 

Pick 3

Pick 3 draws are held twice a day, and you can win up to $500 per draw. You just need to pick 3 numbers from 0-9 then select your playstyle, wager amount, and draw schedule.

You can choose from 6 different playstyles:

  • Straight: You must match the winning numbers in the exact order. Available for $0.50 or $1 per ticket
  • Box: You can match the winning numbers in any order. Available for $0.50 or $1 per ticket.
  • Straight/Box: You can match the winning numbers in any order or in exact order. Available only at $1 per ticket.
  • Super Straight: If you select 3 distinct numbers or a pair and 1 distinct number, your wager is entered as 6 or 3 Straight plays, respectively. This covers all possible combinations of your given numbers, boosting your chance of winning.
  • Front Pair: You select 2 numbers (instead of 3), which must match the first 2 winning numbers in exact order.
  • Back Pair: You select 2 numbers (instead of 3), which must match the last 2 winning numbers in exact order.

You can also play with the Wild Ball, which gives you a chance to exchange the Wild Ball number with one of the winning numbers so you can get a match.

Pick 3 draws are held every day at around 1:35 PM and 6:59 PM Eastern Time.

 

Pick 2

Pick 2 draws are held twice a day, and you can win up to $50 per draw. Just select 2 numbers from 0-9 then select your playstyle and draw schedule.

You can choose from 6 different playstyles:

  • Straight: You must match the winning numbers in the exact order.
  • Box: You can match the winning numbers in any order.
  • Straight/Box: You can match the winning numbers in any order or in exact order.
  • Super Straight: You select 2 distinct numbers, and your wager is entered as 2 Straight plays covering both possible combinations of your given numbers.
  • Front Digit: You select 1 number (instead of 2), which must match the first winning number drawn.
  • Back Digit: You select 1 number (instead of 2), which must match the second winning number drawn.

You can also play with the Wild Ball, which gives you a chance to exchange the Wild Ball number with one of the winning numbers so you can get a match.

Pick 2 draws are held every day at around 1:35 PM and 6:59 PM Eastern Time.

Pennsylvania Lottery Game Schedules

Match 6Every day6:59 PM ET
Cash4LifeMondays and Thursdays9 PM ET
Cash 5Every day6:59 PM ET
Pick 5Every day1:35 PM and 6:59 PM ET
Pick 4Every day1:35 PM and 6:59 PM ET
Pick 3Every day1:35 PM and 6:59 PM ET
Pick 2Every day1:35 PM and 6:59 PM ET

Pennsylvania iLottery

You can play virtual games for real money through the Pennsylvania State Lottery website. All you need to do is sign up for an iLottery account and top up your wallet using MasterCard and Visa debit cards, e-checks, or PayNearMe options at 7-Eleven, Family Dollar, or CVS stores.

Notable Winners of Pennsylvania Lotteries

Here are some of the Pennsylvania Lottery’s notable winners for 2018:

  • Paz M of Montgomery won $4,800,025 playing Match 6
  • James P of Franklin won $100,000 playing Treasure Hunt
  • Elaine M of Westmoreland and Thomas H of Chester won $1,000,000 each playing Cash4Life
  • James S of Allegheny won $1,200,000 playing Cash 5

Scratch-Off games have also seen many big wins:

  • Joseph G of Pike won $3,000,000 playing $3 Million Mega Multiplier
  • Lucy S of Lancaster Davie also won $3,000,000 playing $3,000,000 Pennsylvania Club
  • Dana R of Montour won $1,000,000 playing My First Million

Pennsylvania Lottery Scratch-Off

Like many state lotteries, the Pennsylvania Lottery runs around 60 scratch-off games at any one time. You can find scratch-off games at the following price points:

  • $1
  • $2
  • $3
  • $5
  • $10
  • $20
  • $30

The top prizes range from $20 to $5000 to several million dollars, depending on the game.

Pennsylvania Lottery Fast Play

Since February 2017, The Pennsylvania Lottery has also offered instant-play, instant-win games. Like scratch-off games, you can instantly learn if you’ve won a prize — but you won’t even need to scratch a ticket for Fast Play games. These print directly from the lottery terminal, and most of the smaller prizes can even be claimed directly from the retailer.

Pennsylvania Lottery Second Chances

What is Second Chance?

Second chance games give you another chance to win prizes with your non-winning lottery tickets. Many lotteries simply ask you to submit your tickets for a chance to win. Prizes can go as high as several million dollars per game. To learn more, check out our article on second chance games.

How does Second Chance work for the PA Lottery?

The Pennsylvania Lottery has a changing line-up of games (both lottery draw games and Scratch-Off games) with second chance drawings. Most of these are limited-time promotions, so it’s best to check the Pennsylvania Lottery’s dedicated page for second chance games to check if you qualify for any.

You’ll need a VIP Players Club account to enter a second chance game. Registration is free, and you can do it online or via the official Pennsylvania Lottery mobile app.

Information on the Pennsylvania Lottery

Pennsylvania Lottery Offices

The Pennsylvania State Lottery headquarters are at 1200 Fulling Mill Road, Suite 1, Middletown, PA 17057.

There are also 7 district offices:

 

AreaOffice AddressContact Number
Philadelphia700 Packer Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19148

Phone: 215-952-1123

Fax: 215-952-1134

Wilkes-Barre49 South Washington St.

Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

Phone: 570-826-2091

Fax: 570-826-2094

Harrisburg1200 Fulling Mill Road, Suite 2

Middletown, PA  17057

Phone: (717) 702-8230

Fax: (717) 702-8243

Clearfield1000 Leonard St.

Clearfield, PA 16830

Phone: (814) 765-0536

Fax: (814) 765-0540

Pittsburgh1424 Western Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Phone: (412) 770-2760

Fax: (412) 770-2918

Erie4802 Pittsburgh Ave.

Erie, PA 16509

Phone: (814) 835-2423

Fax (814) 836-0883

Lehigh Valley555 Union Blvd., Suite 5

Allentown, PA 18109

Phone: (610) 807-3319

Fax: (610) 821-6137

Pennsylvania Lottery Customer Support

For customer support, you can contact the Pennsylvania Lottery Commission through these hotlines from 8 AM to 4 PM on weekdays:

Phone: (717) 702-8000

Toll Free: (800) 692-7481

Fax: (717) 702-8024

You can also contact the 24-hour draw results hotline: 1-877-282-4639 (toll-free)

Pennsylvania Lottery Social Accounts

You can keep up with the latest Pennsylvania lottery news through official social media accounts:

Pennsylvania Lottery Apps and Technology

Mobile phone users can get quick access to most Pennsylvania State Lottery resources and information through a handy mobile app. The app is available for both iOS and Android.

You can play the Pennsylvania iLottery through the app, but for other games, you’ll need to visit an official retailer. Here’s what else you can do with the Pennsylvania Lottery app:

  • Check winning numbers and jackpots for lottery draw games like the Powerball, Mega Millions, Cash4Life, etc.
  • Find your nearest lottery ticket retailers
  • Scan your ticket to see if you’ve won and/or to enter second-chance games
  • View Scratch Off games, including available prizes for each
  • Check Keno, Fast Play, and Xpress Sports results

You can also sign up for text alerts of winning lottery numbers by joining the Pennsylvania Lottery VIP Players Club.

Pennsylvania Lottery Results and Winning Numbers

You can check Lottery USA for the latest lottery draw results, jackpot amounts, prize breakdowns, and more.