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Pa. Lottery Kicks off the Holiday Season

Nov. 4, 2014 – The Pennsylvania Lottery got an early start on the holiday season, announcing the release of six new instant games last week. The new games range in price from $1 to $20 and each is eligible for a special second chance promotion open to members of the Pennsylvania Lottery’s VIP Player’s Club. This year’s new $1 holiday scratch-off is called Cookie Dough and offers players a chance to win a $5,000 top prize.  There are 30 top prizes available and the game’s overall odds are about 1 in 4.74 For $2 players can play Secret Santa, which offers players 12 ways to win on each ticket and a $25,000 top prize. Merry & Bright is a new $3 scratch-off with more than $17 million in cash prizes waiting to be won.  15 of those prizes are the game’s $50,000 top prizes. The new $5 holiday scratch-off released last week is Holiday Gifts, which has ten top prizes.  Each of those prizes is worth $100,000, and there are 15 ways to win on each ticket.  Odds of winning any of the games prizes are about 1 in 4.33. For $10 players can get the new Freezin’ Greetings, which offers five chances to win on each ticket.  The game also has ten top prizes and the overall odds of winning a prize are about 1 in 3.2. Finally, the sixth new holiday scratch-off from the Pennsylvania Lottery is called Peppermint Payout and costs $20.  There are 20 chances to win on each ticket and the game’s overall odds are 1 in 3.2. Every one of the new holiday tickets are eligible for this year’s Holiday Cheer Second Chance Game, which gives players with non-winning holiday scratch-offs an extra chance to win prizes ranging from $25 to $100,000. To take advantage of that chance, players must log into the Pennsylvania Lottery’s VIP Player’s Club and enter their tickets into the second chance game on a dedicated Holiday Cheer page. When players enter their non-winning tickets in, they’ll be entered into the Grand...

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Profit Margin Change Could Improve Pa. Lottery Games

Oct. 21, 2014 – Legislators in Pennsylvania passed a bill on Monday that would allow the Pennsylvania Lottery more flexibility and would give state lawmakers final say on new types of lottery games. According to Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Sylvan Lutkewitte III, the bill will allow the Lottery to offer players bigger or more prizes and better odds on lottery games. The changes in prize structure would be made possible by the Lottery’s profit margin – the percentage of revenue they’re required to return to the state – being lowered. If Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signs the bill, the Lottery would only be required to return 25 percent of their revenue to the state, a two-percent decrease from the current 27 percent margin. While that may sound like less lottery money in the state coffers, Lutkewitte says that a lower profit margin allows the Lottery to offer better odds and more prizes; the net effect of lowering the profit margin will actually be an increase in sales. The strategy of lowering profit margins to increase sales has worked well in several states; the North Carolina Education Lottery saw six years of record returns after eliminating their 35 percent mandated profit margin. In Florida, a one-and-a-half percent drop in profit margin between 2012 and 2013 corresponded with more than a half billion-dollar increase in revenue and an extra $110 million in profits for the state. Lutkewitte told Pennlive.com Monday that the Lottery could begin planning the changes to prizes and odds on instant games “really immediately,” though it would be a few months before new games shipped to retailers. Department of Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser said Monday that the changes could result in an extra $40 million over the next three or four years, and $20 million each year after that. Meuser told Pennlive.com that he was also comfortable with the bill’s expansion of legislative oversight, as the Lottery wanted to work with lawmakers to introduce new gaming products like Keno and Internet-based games. In a...

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Happy Hockey Season

Oct. 8, 2014 – Tonight marks the official beginning of hockey season; pucks will drop between eight different teams and hockey fans everywhere (like myself) will rejoice. This also means that those state lotteries who partner with local hockey teams will be getting in on the action as well. Just as they do for football, basketball and baseball teams, state lotteries will be offering players chances to win tickets, merchandise and even score some cash during games. The Massachusetts Lottery has the coolest prizes for hockey fans so far – in a second chance promotion for the new Boston Bruins scratch-off, five winners will win their way onto the ice in the On Ice Challenge. That prize also comes with tickets to several games, jerseys, a ride on the Zamboni, and even some time to hang out with Bruins players before the games. In the same second-chance promotion, lottery players can win retired-jersey banners that are autographed by the players they honor! OK, you can’t win the actual banners you’d find in the Bruins stadium, but you can win 3-foot circular banners for your fan-cave, which is still very cool. Massachusetts may be the first to announce their contest, but don’t think they’ll be the only lottery offering awesome prize packs. The Pennsylvania Lottery says they’ll be giving away hockey and basketball tickets in a Fall Ticket Giveaway later this season. Last year, four lottery players – two Flyers fans and two Penguins fans – won game tickets and VIP experiences before the game. Blackhawks fans might see a promotion from the Illinois Lottery again this year; last season, after the Blackhawks won their second Stanley Cup, the Illinois Lottery gave away 500 authentic Blackhawks jerseys to celebrate. Be sure to check LotteryHUB News for updates on all the hockey promotions to come, we’ll have all the details for you once promotions are announced. Until then, happy hockey season....

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PA Cash 5 “Cash Vault” Entry Period Closing

Sept. 29, 2014 – This week, the Pennsylvania Lottery will choose three winners in their Cash 5 “Cash Vault” second chance promotion.  For players who haven’t yet entered into the special second-chance contest, there’s still time. Not much, however: the entry period for the Cash Vault contest closes this Thursday, Oct. 2. To enter, players only need to find a special code, called a Second Chance Prize Zone Official Entry Code, printed on their Cash 5 tickets. Both non-winning and winning Cash 5 tickets will be eligible for entry into the Cash Vault promotion.  As long as there’s a code printed on players’ Cash 5 tickets, they could be a big second-chance win waiting to happen. Players must enter their Prize Zone codes through the Pennsylvania Lottery’s VIP Player’s club, on a dedicated Cash Vault page.  Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 2 to be eligible. When entered, the Prize Zone codes will award players the same number of contest entries as their Cash 5 ticket price.  Since players can bet as little as $1 and as much as $35 with Cash 5, they can receive as few as 1 or as many as 35 Cash Vault contest entries. Three winners will be chosen once the contest ends, and each will receive $125,000 prizes.  The Lottery will announce the winners next Wednesday, Oct. 8. Cash Vault is the first second chance contest the Lottery has held for any of its draw games.  In a press release when the Cash Vault contest opened, Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Sil Lutkewitte called the opportunity a “great way to thank our loyal...

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Win American Muscle From the Pennsylvania Lottery

July 31, 2014 – Earlier this month the Pennsylvania Lottery released a new family of scratch-off games called “Muscle Car Money,” which offer players a chance to drive away in a brand new American muscle car. The scratch-offs themselves cost $5 and feature either a Chevrolet Camaro, a Dodge Challenger or a Ford Mustang above the play area. There are 10 top instant prizes on Muscle Car Money games, each worth $100,000, and each ticket offers players a chance to win one of eight muscle car prize packages up for grabs on the instant ticket. The muscle car prize packages are each worth $60,000, and winners can choose the cash option over a new car.  If they don’t choose to take the cash option, winners will have their choice between three 2014 models: the Camaro 1 SS, the Dodge Challenger R/T Classic, and the Ford Mustang GT. For those players who aren’t quite so lucky the first time around, the Muscle Car Money second chance contest could be the key to getting in the driver’s seat. The Pennsylvania Lottery will give away two more cars through the second chance contest.  Two drawings will be held, and one winner will score the muscle car of their choice in each drawing.  Each second chance drawing will also award 10 winners with $1,000 cash prizes. For entry into the Muscle Car Money second chance contest, players need to enter the codes from non-winning Muscle Car Money tickets into the contest page on the Pennsylvania Lottery’s VIP Player’s Club website. The entry deadline for the first drawing is August 21, so players have almost a full month to try to win some American Muscle instantly.  Remember, if it doesn’t happen the first time around, you can still take a second chance....

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Pa. Millionaire Raffle Makes Four New Millionaires

July 8, 2014 – The Pennsylvania Lottery on Monday released the locations where the four top-prize winning tickets for this year’s Millionaire Raffle were sold. Retailers in Allegheny, Armstrong and Jefferson counties sold the $1 million winning raffle tickets.  Those ticket numbers are 00118772, 00279919, 00219413 and 00388503. In Allegheny county, two Sheetz stores – one at 2175 Hulton Rd., Verona and another at 3457 William Penn Highway, Wilkins Twp. – sold winning tickets. A third winner was sold at the Uni-Mart located at 501 E. Main St., Reynoldsville, Jefferson County. The fourth million-dollar ticket was sold at another Sheetz in Armstrong County, located at 503 Main St. in Ford City. All four retailers will receive a $5,000 bonus commission for selling the winning tickets. In addition to Pennsylvania’s four new millionares, four other lucky players won $100,000 second prizes in the Millionaire Raffle drawing. Those winning ticket numbers were 00015804, 00159434, 00381110, and 00463509. In Montgomery County, the Giant Food Store at 1824 Ridge Pike in Royersford sold a second-prize winner. Another $100,000 ticket was sold at Turkey Hill, located at 4490 E. Prospect Rd. in York. The third winner bought their ticket at Country Fair, located at 308 W. Main St., Girard in Erie County. The fourth second-prize winning ticket was sold in Pittsburgh, at Faber Coe & Gregg at 500 Grant St. While those eight winners took home the biggest prizes, the rest of Pennsylvania certainly wasn’t left out of the winner’s circle. 6,000 winners were chosen in the July 5 drawing of the Millionaire Raffle; 100 players won $1,000 prizes, and more than 5,800 others scored $100. Related articles All 4 Winning Millionaire Raffle Tickets Sold In Western Pa. Millionaire Raffle Offers Best Shot At Becoming A Millionaire 2 ‘Millionaire’ lottery tickets sold in A-K...

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