The Pennsylvania online lottery has created an exciting new promotion that begins February 12, 2019 and lasts for seven weeks, culminating on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th).
$50,000 in prizes!
The structure of the prize money distribution in the “Pot of Gold” promotion has quite a few positive aspects. It’s democratic enough so that every player has a decent chance of winning and it also has a nice big prize at the end to entice players with a big payday.
From now until March 17, the PA iLottery will be selecting 100 winners each week to receive $50 each. On the seventh (and last) week, they will double the number of winners to 200 and give each of them $50. In addition, on the final week one lucky player will be chosen to receive the grand prize of $10,000.
All in all, over the next seven weeks, Pennsylvania’s online lottery will give out $50,000 to 801 winners.
How can players qualify?
This promotion appears to be intended to increase the amount of player deposits (and subsequent play-through) on the PA iLottery site. As such, to qualify for each week’s drawing, players will have to log into their accounts and make a new deposit/play-through of at least $25. That means to take full advantage of the promotion, a player will have to make seven deposits (one per week) of at least $25 AND play through $25 worth of games during each week.
There is no restriction on specific PA iLottery games that are or are not eligible. Just go ahead, log in and play any of your favorites. All games on the platform qualify players for the promotion – so long as they follow the deposit/play-through minimum of $25 (or more).
In addition, in order to be eligible to the drawing, players must take the important (and non-intuitive) step of logging into either their mobile app or online account and actively “claiming” their eligibility for the weekly drawing. Perhaps most importantly, players must remember to select CLAIM each week in order to be eligible for the $10,000 “Pot of Gold” grand prize at the end of the promotion. In this way, players can earn the maximum of SEVEN entries for the $10,000 Grand Prize.
To that end, it’s important for players to keep an eye on the start and stop of each week’s qualifying period.
Qualifying period timetable and drawing information
There are a total of seven draws:
|Entries Open||Entries Close||Winners Announced By||Prizes|
|Tuesday, February 5, 12:00am||Tuesday, February 5, 11:59:59pm||Wednesday, February 13||100 winners of $50|
|Tuesday, February 12, 12:00am||Tuesday, February 12, 11:59:59pm||Wednesday, February 20||100 winners of $50|
|Tuesday, February 19, 12:00am||Tuesday, February 19, 11:59:59pm||Wednesday, February 27||100 winners of $50|
|Tuesday, February 26, 12:00am||Tuesday, February 26, 11:59:59pm||Wednesday, March 5||100 winners of $50|
|Tuesday, March 5, 12:00am||Tuesday, March 5, 11:59:59pm||Wednesday, March 13||100 winners of $50|
|Tuesday, March 12, 12:00am||Tuesday, March 12, 11:59:59pm||Wednesday, March 20||100 winners of $50|
|Sunday, March 17, 12:00am||Sunday, March 17, 11:59:59pm||Monday, March 25||200 winners of $50; 1 Grand Prize winner of $10,000*|
Here’s a brief summary of the salient points of the PA iLottery’s “Pot of Gold” promo.
How to play:
- Log into your PA iLottery account.
- Each week, go to the My Bonuses page and select CLAIM on the $50,000 Pot of Gold Prize Draw Bonus to enter.
- Each week, qualify by going to the Cashier page and making a minimum deposit of $25 for an entry.
- *Taxes and intercepts are required to be taken from the $10,000 winner before the prize is credited to their account.
- Players must remember to CLAIM the promotion each week during the promotional period (see structure above) to qualify for the Grand Prize.
- Players can win only once per week but weekly winners are eligible for the Grand Prize.