Sept. 27, 2013 – Pennsylvania’s Match 6 Lotto game rolled over to a record-high $7 million jackpot last night, inching past the previous record of $6.9 million from March 2007.
The current jackpot has been growing since spring; the last Match 6 Lotto jackpot was won on May 13, and the player who matched all six numbers won a $900,000 prize.
Todd Rucci, the executive director of the Pennsylvania Lottery, said that was a more common prize amount for the past year.
According to a press release from the Lottery, the Match 6 jackpot only climbed past $2 million 15 times in the last fiscal year, and the average jackpot was about $1.1 million.
“Match 6 Lotto players have been pursuing this jackpot since spring and are very excited to see it reach a record level,” Rucci said.
That pursuit of the now record-high jackpot has proven lucrative for many Pennsylvania players. As the top prize for Match 6 has continued to grow since mid-May, more than 4 million tickets have won non-jackpot prizes to the tune of more than $15 million.
Last night’s drawing alone made winners of just under 170,000 Pennsylvania Match 6 players, who collectively raked in about $625,000 in winnings. 57 winners from last night each won $1,000 prizes for matching five out of six numbers.
That record-jackpot is bound to fall soon, especially as hype grows and more tickets are sold. The Lottery says that Pennsylvania Match 6 offers the best odds of any of their games for multi-million dollar jackpots.
The 1 in about 4 million chance that you win the Pennsylvania Match 6 jackpot may seem slim, but compared with Powerball’s 1 in 175 million odds (for a much bigger prize), it’s probably good to grab a ticket – it could be a winner.