MIDDLETOWN, Pa., May 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thanks to strong ticket sales, the Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 jackpot for Friday, May 13, was increased Friday morning to $1.4 million.
The jackpot had rolled to $1.3 million after no players matched all five numbers drawn in the Thursday, May 12, drawing. The jackpot has not been won since the May 5 drawing.
"We don't often have the occasion to increase a Cash 5 jackpot after it's already rolled, so this is very good news for our players," said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko.
Tonight's jackpot is the largest Cash 5 jackpot to be offered since the October 3, 2015 drawing, when a $1.8 million jackpot was shared by three winning tickets. The game's largest jackpot on record is a $1.9 million prize from the February 6, 2013 drawing that was split by two winning tickets.
How to play Cash 5: To play Cash 5, players pay $1 and select five numbers from 1 to 43. Players may select their own numbers using a Cash 5 playslip, or they may opt for computer-selected quick picks. Players must match all five numbers drawn to win the jackpot. Players also win prizes for matching two, three or four winning numbers. Cash 5 drawings are held seven nights a week, and tickets can be purchased up to seven draws (one week) in advance. Chances of winning the jackpot prize are 1 in 962,598; the overall chances of winning any prize are about 1 in 10.5.
About the Pennsylvania Lottery: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery that designates all its proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since its inception in 1971, the Pennsylvania Lottery has contributed more than $25.8 billion to programs that include property tax and rent rebates; free transit and reduced-fare shared rides; the low-cost prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET; long-term living services; and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including full- and part-time senior centers throughout the state.
The Pennsylvania Lottery reminds players to check every ticket, every time. Players must be 18 or older. Please play responsibly. For help with a gambling problem, call 1-800-848-1880.
MEDIA CONTACT: Lottery Public Relations, 717-702-8008
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