The announcement came along with the news that two lucky players from Allegheny and Cumberland counties claimed one top prize each worth $1 million, ending the year with plenty of reasons to celebrate.
Scratch-Off winners claimed $223,628,540 million in total in December. Since the start of ticket sales in the Keystone State in 1972, the state lottery has contributed more than $32.6 billion to programs that benefit older residents in Pennsylvania.
As one of the longest-running state lotteries in the United States, the Pennsylvania Lottery generated a profit of more than $1.3 billion during the 2020-21 fiscal year. All proceeds are dedicated to benefiting older Pennsylvanians across the 67 counties through a variety of programs and services that help senior citizens.
Not only do the winners benefit from the lucky tickets, but the retailers do, too. The two retailers in Coraopolis and Enola each earned a $5,000 bonus for selling the $1 million winning tickets.
Across the entire state, several six-figure winnings were claimed in December as well, according to the Winners section on palottery.com. This includes two prizes of $500,000, three prizes of $250,000, and two prizes of $100,000.
Several dozen Scratch-Off variants are available with ticket prices ranging between $1 and $50. The most expensive PA Lottery game is the $5 Million Money Maker, which awards a top prize of up to $5 million and which has five wins currently remaining. Another seven games cost $30 each with prizes between $30 and $3 million up for grabs.
Two Million Dollar Prizes Yet to be Claimed
The PA Lottery also confirmed another two seven-figure prizes which are yet to be claimed.
A jackpot-winning Cash 5 with Quick Cash ticket sold for the Thursday, December 30, 2021, drawing after matching all five balls drawn: 17-26-32-35-38. The winner of the elusive ticket has one year from the drawing to claim their prize, which is worth a stunning $1,805,286.50. As usual, the retailer in Philadelphia also benefits from it as well and earns a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
To put things in perspective, the chances of winning the Cash 5 jackpot prize are 1 in 962,598.
During the last drawing of the game in 2021, more than 40,400 tickets won prizes as well. Among them were 83 players who matched four numbers and received $200 each. More than 3,000 tickets matched three numbers for a prize worth $10 while those matching two numbers all received $2 each.
That same day produced an even bigger jackpot prize at a Lottery retailer in Lackawanna County. In the $30 MONOPOLY 100X Scratch-Off, the $3 million-winning jackpot ticket was sold but the winner has not claimed the prize yet, either.
Up to five top prizes can be claimed and players have the chance to win further prizes. For example, the second-biggest prize is worth $300,000. Instant cash prizes of $200 and $500 are available as well in one of the most popular games in the Keystone State.