MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Sept. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Match 6 Lotto jackpot has rolled to $5 million for the Thursday, Sept. 5, drawing, continuing a jackpot run that started after one ticket matched all six winning numbers in the May 13 drawing.
"It's exciting for Pennsylvania Lottery players to watch the Match 6 jackpot grow to this level," said Lottery Executive Director Todd Rucci. "It's not very often that this game offers a jackpot of this magnitude."
Millions of Match 6 Lotto players have continued to win prizes in the meantime. Since mid-May, the game has awarded more than $11 million in prizes through nearly 3 million winning tickets.
More than 133,500 Match 6 Lotto tickets won prizes totaling $491,990 in last night's drawing, including 48 tickets that each won $1,000.
The current Match 6 Lotto jackpot is the third-largest on record. The second-largest was a $5.8 million payout from the May 3, 2005 drawing. The largest was a $6.9 million prize won in the March 23, 2007 drawing.
The odds of winning the Match 6 Lotto jackpot are approximately 1-in-4.6 million, among the Pennsylvania Lottery's best odds of winning a multimillion-dollar jackpot.
How to Play Match 6 Lotto: Match 6 tickets cost $2 each. Players can choose six numbers from 1 to 49 or have numbers randomly selected by computer. The computer will then randomly select an additional two sets of six numbers, for three lines of six numbers each or 18 numbers total. Players can win up to four times on each ticket – once on each of three lines (base play) and by combining all 18 numbers (combined play).
Match 6 Lotto drawings are held on Monday and Thursday evenings.
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 nearly $23.7 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 its players to play responsibly. Players must be 18 or older.
Media contact: Gary Miller, 717-702-8008
SOURCE Pennsylvania Lottery