The Pennsylvania Lottery offers many online and regular games both on their website and in all retail locations. They are the only lottery that diverts all proceeds to programs that benefit all elderly residents in their state. The PA Lottery Fast Play section is one of the most popular categories among Pennsylvanians.
What are Fast Play Tickets?
In early 2017 the PA Lottery introduced their new investment – Fast Play Tickets. They are similar to the Instant Games in the way they are played. Typically, you have to match the provided numbers with the winning numbers on the ticket to win.
The price of tickets can range from $1 to $20. Some of the Fast Play games may offer a progressive jackpot prize, which means that the funds from all sold tickets go toward the jackpot, and after a person wins the grand prize, the jackpot resets, and everything starts over.
How to Play
Fast Play tickets are also similar to Scratch-Offs, without the need to scratch off anything. Different Fast Play games have different rules, a variety of play styles, and price points. With all the available games, there sure is going to be a game that you will love in there.
You can buy the Fast Play tickets from any PA Lottery Retailer by asking for the specific game you wish or from any PA Lottery self-service-touch-screen vending terminal. Every ticket is printed on the time of the purchase, and they aren't printed subsequently.
Each ticket/game has instructions printed on it. There are a lot of games you can choose from. Currently, the PA Lottery has twenty-six active Fast Play games. Eleven of those games have progressive jackpot prizes, and some of those jackpot prizes can go as high as 1 million dollars. These jackpot prizes grow until a winning jackpot ticket is bought. You never know how your luck is going to turn.
You can check the tickets in any PA Lottery retailer by using the ticket checker or just download the PA Lottery mobile app and scan the ticket yourself. If you're are lucky enough to win, you can claim your prize at any PA Lottery retailer or a PA Lottery main office, depending on the amount of the award. All prizes have a one-year expiration period from the time of purchase.
VIP Players Club – Second Chance™
If you are a part of the VIP Players Club, you have more chances to win prizes. For instance, VIP players can submit the non-winning tickets and participate in one of the Second Chance ™ Drawings. Currently, there are three drawings:
- James Bond Lottery Challenge – 3 drawings
- Go for the Green – 1 draw
- Lucky In – 1 drawing
If you are a part of the VIP Players Club, you can get exclusive offers, coupons, participate in giveaways, and so much more. Joining the VIP Players Club is entirely free, by the way.
Fast Play Coupons and Promotions
From February 5th to March 4th, you have the chance to get free text coupons. Check out the offers below:
- When you buy a $5 Fast Play Rainbow Riches ticket, you get a free $1 Keno 4 Spot.
- When you buy a $10 Fast Play Moo-lah Match, you get a free $2 Fast Play Xoxo.
- When you buy a $20 Fast Play Diamond Mine, you get four free draws of a $1 Keno 4 Spot.
- If you buy three Match 6 coupons, you get a free $2 Scratch-Off.
You can receive these coupons via text message separately or all together.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I find out what are the chances of me winning a prize from a ticket?
A: Yes, you can. You have to open the PA Lottery website and navigate to the Fast Play games. There you can open the description on the particular game you are looking for and see what the overall chances of winning a prize are. You can also see how many and which prizes are remaining at that moment.
Q: How much does the Fast Play Tickets cost?
A: Different ticket games cost a different amount. Currently, the Fast Play tickets are offered at price points of $1, $2, $3, $5, $10 and $20.
Q: Where can I find a PA Lottery retailer location or a self-service-touch-screen vending terminal?
A: You can go to the PA Lottery website and go to the “Where to Buy” page. There you can search for a specific location of a lottery retailer or just a place where you can watch Keno/Xpress sports Live. You can also find a spot through the PA Lottery official app.
Q: Where can I claim my prize?
A: All prizes up to $2,500 can be claimed at any PA Lottery retailer. Your prize can be paid by cash, check, or money order. If the prize is over $600, you have to fill out a Claim Form first. You can do that online or ask the retailer for it.
Q: Do I have to pay taxes for my winnings?
A: Yes, all winnings on the PA Lottery are taxable income under state and federal law. On all winnings above $600, you will receive a W-2G form from the lottery to report your winnings. You have to submit it with your tax returns. On prizes over $5,000, the lottery will automatically withhold the minimal amount of applicable taxes and send the rest with your check. Don't be alarmed if you don't receive the full amount of the prize, and this is why.
PA Lottery's Fast Play Tickets are very popular among the residents of Pennsylvania. The lottery has designed them to be fun and even created promotions around them to attract new customers. I mean, who wouldn't buy a ticket to get another one free. The prizes on some tickets were increased, and there's a higher chance to win and a larger prize pool. If you are feeling lucky today go to a PA Lottery retailer or vending machine and try your luck out. And claim a bonus code while you're at it.