MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Players asked for it, and now the Pennsylvania Lottery's official mobile app can scan both instant and draw game tickets to check for winners.
"When we introduced a ticket checker for instant games in March, players immediately asked us to expand it to check draw game tickets," said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. "Our mobile app adds excitement and fun for Pennsylvania Lottery players who are on-the-go."
The ticket checker feature is simple and convenient to use. Start by logging into the VIP Players Club.
On an instant ticket, players should reveal the "Scratch to Cash" barcode. Then, open the ticket checker on the mobile app and point the camera at the barcode. The app will indicate whether the ticket has won a prize.
For a draw game ticket (such as a PICK game, Cash 5, Match 6 Lotto, Powerball®, Mega Millions®, Cash4Life®, or Treasure Hunt), players should open ticket checker and point the camera at the bar code on either lower corner of the ticket. The app will indicate whether the ticket has won a prize.
Players should immediately sign their winning tickets.
To claim a prize, players must physically present a ticket for validation by having it scanned at a Lottery retailer's sales terminal or by submitting the signed ticket with a completed claim form to a Lottery office. Only a properly validated winning ticket may be used to claim a prize.
Available for free through Google Play and the Apple App Store, the Pennsylvania Lottery's official mobile app's other features include:
- The ability to scan eligible tickets for entry in second-chance drawings;
- Access to the VIP Players Club;
- Daily and past winning numbers;
- Current jackpots;
- The latest instant games and "Scratch For Fun";
- Prizes remaining for instant games;
- "Play for Fun" games;
- A retailer locator; and
- Information on how to claim a prize.
The mobile app has been enormously popular with Pennsylvania Lottery players, with more than 410,000 downloads since its launch.
After logging into the free VIP Players Club, players may also use the app's scanning capability to enter eligible tickets into second-chance drawings found in the Second Chance Prize Zone™. In a recent second-chance drawing, more than 65 percent of entries were made through the mobile app.
Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the winning numbers, prize payouts, winning ticket status and other information offered via the Pennsylvania Lottery's mobile app. The official winning numbers are those selected in the respective drawings and recorded under the observation of an independent accounting firm. In the event of a discrepancy, the official drawing results and prize validation systems shall prevail.
About Us: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed nearly $27 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.
Players must be 18 or older. Please play responsibly. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for help with a compulsive gambling problem.
Visit palottery.com for winning numbers, rules, chances of winning, and to join the VIP Players Club for second chances to win. Install our official mobile app, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
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