The heat just keeps rising in the Match 6 Lotto
jackpot. The grand prize reached $5.3 million for yesterday's drawing.
The last time a player matched all six winning numbers was on May 13, meaning that the jackpot has been accumulating all summer.
While the prize is high, it's still only the third highest jackpot in the game's history. The record is held by a hefty $6.9 million prize in the March 23, 2007 drawing. The second highest jackpot was a $5.8 million payout on May 3, 2005.
No one has cashed in on the jackpot, but players have still been reeling in big bucks. More than 161,700 Match 6 Lotto tickets won prizes totaling nearly $600,000 in the drawing on September 5, including 55 tickets that each won $1,000.
More than 3.1 million winning Match 6 Lotto tickets have won over $11.6 million in prizes since mid-May.
Unfortunately, the odds of winning the whole thing are a little dismal. Players have a 1-in-4.6 million chance of claiming the prize, which is among the Pennsylvania Lottery's best odds of winning a multi-million 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).
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