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Pennsylvania Lottery adds multi-state Cash4Life game

Apr 9, 2015, 7:47 am

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Pennsylvania Lottery

Third state to offer game; Virginia starting in May

By Todd Northrop

Ticket sales are underway for the new Pennsylvania Lottery Cash4Life game, a multi-state game offering a top prize of $1,000 a day for life and a second prize of $1,000 a week for life.

In Pennsylvania, the first ticket was sold over the counter at 5:23 a.m. at Fast Fill, 24 Blakeslee Blvd., Lehighton, Carbon County. A few seconds later, the first ticket generated by a self-service terminal was sold at Wawa, 8220 W. Bartram Ave., Philadelphia.

The Pennsylvania Lottery is the third lottery to join the Cash4Life game, which was launched by New Jersey and New York in June 2014. Tickets are $2 and drawings are held each Monday and Thursday at 9 p.m.

To play Cash4Life, players choose five numbers from 1-60 and one number from 1-4, the green Cash Ball. Players may choose their own numbers or select Quick Pick.

To win the top prize, players must exactly match all five numbers drawn and the Cash Ball number. The top prize is paid in lifetime annuity installments of $365,000 a year or a one-time payment of $7 million. In cases where more than one top-prize winning ticket is sold for a drawing, the top prizes are split equally among all top prize winners in all participating states.

To win the second prize, players must exactly match all five numbers drawn but not the Cash Ball number. The second prize is an annuity prize of $1,000 a week for life or a one-time payment of $1 million.

Cash4Life also offers seven other ways to win prizes ranging from $2,500 to $2.

Odds of winning the $1,000 a day for life prize are 1 in 21.8 million. The odds for winning the $1,000 a week for life prize are 1 in 7.3 million. Overall odds of winning any prize are 1 in 8.

Pennsylvania Lottery Cash4Life may be played up to 10 consecutive drawings in advance. Players can find playslips and how-to-play brochures at Lottery retailers.

As with any multi-state game, all Cash4Life sales and related profits will remain in the state where the ticket was sold. All prizes must be cashed in the state where the ticket was sold.

The state of Virginia is also due to add Cash4Life to its portfolio of games, starting May 3.  To make room for the new game, Virginia will be canceling the Decades of Dollars game, with its last drawing occurring on April 30.

All Pennsylvania lottery drawing results are published at Lottery Post's Pennsylvania Lottery Results page minutes after each drawing.

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