PENNSYLVANIA LOTTERY ANNOUNCES NEW WINTER CHAMPIONSHIP CHAMPIONS
The Pennsylvania Lottery is inviting all of its state-wide and region-wide winners to attend the annual Pennsylvania State Lottery Celebration in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2019.
The state-based jackpot has been increased from $50 million to $125 million in recent years.
It was $20 million more than last year.
The jackpot is now $1 billion for the first time in history.
“Congratulations to all our winners, and to our state officials who have made the unprecedented commitment to making this the most exciting and successful lottery in history,” said Pennsylvania Lotteries Chairman Robert L. McInerney Jr. in a news release.
The celebration is held each year on New Year’s Eve.
In 2018, Pennsylvania had a record $5.4 billion jackpot and more than $200 million in prize money.
It has also surpassed the $500 million mark for the largest jackpot.
The lottery is open to anyone who has ever won the jackpot, but is open only to the winner of a state-specific lottery and not to all eligible players.
The Pennsylvania lottery has long offered a unique and fun way to earn money and enjoy the holiday season.
The annual jackpot celebration also features free and reduced admission to the state fairgrounds, the Pennsylvania Historical Society and the Potsdam Museum of Natural History.
Pennsylvania Lottery spokesman John W. Stadt said the jackpots were a way for Pennsylvania to “set an example for all of our neighboring states to follow.”
“Our focus on state-level jackpot winners and their families has paid off in record dollars,” he said.
“This year’s winners will have a chance to enjoy some of the great sights and attractions of the state and enjoy some great entertainment as well.”
The Pennsylvania Lotters will honor those who have been chosen as state-side winners in an award ceremony on Dec. 3 at the Pottstown Opera House.
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