Online casino gambling is offering many in Pennsylvania a chance at some entertainment (and extra cash) while social distancing in the state and across the country continues.
The same goes for the Pennsylvania iLottery.
On Tuesday at 11 p.m. EST, Mega Millions will hold a drawing for an estimated $101 million jackpot. While it’s nowhere near the record $1.58 billion Mega Millions drawing in October 2018, it’s still a monster prize that you can play for from the comfort of your couch.
The cash option for the estimated $101 million jackpot is $76.5 million.
As always, the jackpot will continue to grow if no one wins Tuesday.
More than just one winner
Mega Millions isn’t a winner-take-all game. The game also awards $1 million and $10,000 prizes, all the way down to $2 (effectively getting your money back). The odds of winning the top prize are astronomical, but you have a 1-in-24 chance of winning something. Not bad for a sweat.
The last Mega Millions drawing was on March 20, and if you were living in a cave this month and only came out to watch the drawings, you would have had no idea that the COVID-19 crisis was ongoing. While casinos across the country have closed, it’s business as usual for the U.S. lottery industry, with the exception of claims centers being closed. You can still mail in your winning tickets.
You have a full year to claim any prizes won from Mega Millions.
Powerball, which is also available for play via the Pennsylvania iLottery, has an estimated $150 million drawing on Wednesday night. All together, there’s a whopping $250 million up for grabs right now in the two popular multi-state lottery games.
The Pennsylvania record for a winning lottery prize was a $456.7 million Powerball drawing in March 2018. The ticket was sold in Lancaster County. The entity claiming the prize, Emerald Legacy Trust, took the cash option of $273.9 million through an attorney.
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