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House passes bill permitting (slightly) better odds for Pennsylvania Lottery players

A new bill pending in the state legislature wold allow the Pennsylvania Lottery to sell more of its higher-priced, instant lottery games, cutting the profit percentage but bringing in more dollars.

The house always wins in the Pennsylvania Lottery.

And that’s not going to change.

But ticket-buying players may win a little more in the coming years under the terms of a bill that passed the state House of Representatives Thursday by a 188-4 vote.

The measure, which now moves to the state Senate for further consideration, would reduce the mandated profit margin for all Lottery games from the current 25 percent, the standard since 2014, to 20 percent for the next five years.

Lottery executives have sought the flexibility under the theory that a better win rate for players will inspire more game and ticket sales, which in the long run will boost the yearly profit that the Lottery returns to the state for a variety of senior citizen programs.

Here’s how that’s going to work in the near-term future.

“The Pennsylvania Lottery, and the lottery industry as a whole, is experiencing significant growth from players gravitating toward scratch-off tickets, particularly higher price point scratch-offs” selling for $10, $20 or even $30 a ticket, Lottery press secretary Ewa Dworakowski told PennLive Thursday.

Because of their higher prize payouts, these higher-priced instant games have a lower profit margin than most of the Lottery’s traditional games. But because of their high price and growing player appeal, they can also generate more raw dollars of profit.

Dworakowski said that the upper price point scratch-offs are now among the lottery’s most profitable products in terms of dollars for the Lottery Fund.

It’s reached a point, Dworakowski said, where the current 25 percent rate of return limits the Lottery in offering the higher price point tickets that players want to buy.

The relief granted in Murt’s bill, then, “would allow us to continue to offer players what they want to buy” in terms of more higher-priced titles, “in turn growing sales and profits,” she said.

Because of lead times needed in design and development of new games, State Revenue Department projections are that the changes, if enacted, will only bring the state an additional $20 million in profits during the 2019-20 budget year.

But they could raise projected profits by an additional $450 million through the five-year course of the adjustment.

Game sales hit a record $4.2 billion in fiscal 2017-18, generating almost $1.1 billion for the state. Sales and profit figures are expected to rise again in the current fiscal year, fueled in part by the addition of Keno in bars and restaurants and a battery of new Internet-based games playable on laptops and smart phones.

But with Pennsylvania experiencing explosive growth in its senior citizen demographic, more growth is the order of the day.

According to the Wolf Administration’s 2019-20 budget package, the Lottery Fund, which also gets a small infusion of cash from the state’s gaming proceeds, is expected to be on the hook for more than $1.2 billion in senior program costs.

And, a 2017 report by the state’s Independent Fiscal Office projected that the 65-and-older population in Pennsylvania is expected to grow by 31.1 percent between 2015 and 2025, from 2,180,000 to 2,857,000.

“With the ‘Senior Tsunami’ quickly approaching, we are expecting a surge in the next 10 years of seniors desparately needing assistance and help,” Murt said Thursday. “With that demand, we need to do everything we can to ensure that our Lottery Fund remains solvent.”

Lottery profits fund most of Pennsylvania’s services for older adults, including prescription drug subsidies, in-home services, rent and property tax rebates and more.

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How to Win Pennsylvania Treasure Hunt

About Pennsylvania Treasure Hunt Lotto Game

Pennsylvania Treasure Hunt 5/30 started on May 8, 2007. To play, you choose five numbers from 1 to 30. Drawings are held daily. Each play costs $1. The jackpot starts at $10,000.

The odds of winning it are one in 142,506. With such low odds, this is the easiest game to win in Pennsylvania compared to the other games: Pennsylvania Cash 5 (odds 1:962,598), Pennsylvania Match 6 (odds 1:4,661,272), Mega Millions with odds of one in 302,575,350, and Powerball (odds of 1 in 292 million!).

Picking the Best Lottery Numbers

Strategy Book

Below are free lotto tips to help you play the game smarter and win the lottery, taken from Gail Howard’s lotto book, Lottery Master Guide. This is just a sample, and the book explains all of Smart Luck’s successful methods of number selection in great detail with examples of patterns shown throughout. It is a great starting place for any lotto player.

Strategy Software

Advantage Gold software makes all the charts for this game, to automate the process of choosing the best numbers to play.

Lotto Wheels to Improve your Winning Odds

In addition to number selection strategies, you should take advantage of wheeling your lotto numbers to improve your odds. You can quickly and easily wheel pick-5 lotto numbers using the Balanced Wheels in the Wheel Five Gold lottery software. You get a minimum win guarantee with every wheel!


Lottery numbers are randomly drawn. However, randomly drawn numbers form patterns that can be tracked and used to our advantage. Having carefully analyzed all the drawings in past lotto results of more than 200 different lotto games worldwide, with histories going back as far as 1955, we have verified the following incredibly simple rule:

The key to Smart Luck’s successful lotto number selection methods is playing the probabilities. If you play a pattern that occurs only five percent of the time, you can expect that pattern to lose 95 percent of the time, giving you no chance to win 95 percent of the time. So, don’t buck the probabilities.

How to WIN Pennsylvania Treasure Hunt Lotto


When you select your Pennsylvania Lotto numbers, try to have a relatively even mix of odd and even numbers. All odd numbers or all even numbers are rarely drawn, occurring less than 3 percent of the time. The best mix is to have 3/2 or 2/3 which means three odd and two even, or two odd and three even. One of these two patterns will occur in 67 percent of the drawings.


Winning numbers are usually spread across the entire number field. If we take a number field and cut it in half, we have the low half and the high half. In 30-number game like Pennsylvania Treasure Hunt, numbers 1 to 15 would be in the low half, and numbers 16 to 30 would be in the high half. All high numbers or all low numbers are rarely drawn, occurring only 3 percent of the time. The best mix is to have 3/2 or 2/3 which means three high and two low, or two high and three low. One of these two patterns will occur in 68 percent of the drawings.


Look at a list of past winning numbers from Pennsylvania Treasure Hunt lotto results, and you’ll see, more often than not, that one or more of the number groups is not represented. For example, in the combination 5-8-14-17-31, there are no 20’s. Tracking and studying Number Groups can help you decide which group to omit and which group to give extra heavy play.


List the number of games skipped (games out) since the last hit (win) for each of the winning numbers during the last five games. Then mark the number of times each skip occurred. If any skip from 0 to 5 did not occur, play the lotto numbers that are out that many games. (Help working with lotto games skipped.)


After you choose five numbers you want to play, add them together and make sure that the sum of the five numbers adds up to somewhere between 60 and 100. Sums that fall within that range will account for over 70 percent of all lottery jackpots won.


In Pennsylvania Treasure Hunt lotto game, on average, one lottery number will be a repeat hit from the last drawing every other drawing or 62 percent of the time.


Numbers that have been out (losers) for four games or less account for about half of the winning numbers. Losing numbers that have been out for six games or less account for about two-thirds of all the winning numbers. Numbers out ten games or less account for 86 percent of the winning numbers. This tells us that hot numbers are more likely to hit, but don’t forget to include at least one long shot in your group of 5.


It is difficult to know when a cold number will end a long losing streak. If you play a number every drawing because you think it is due, you could be chasing it for many months. (Number 45 in New York Lotto sat out 100 drawings before it finally hit.) Although, when a number has been out for 70 games or so, it might be worth chasing.

Lottery Pools and Lottery Syndicates


Several of the 109 Lotto jackpots won with Smart Luck lottery systems were won by groups of people who pooled their money. Sharing the ticket cost with others stretches your Lotto budget. By playing with a group, you can afford to buy more lottery tickets—and play larger wheeling systems—than you could (or should) by yourself. Draw up an agreement and have the members of your pool sign it.

How to Get Lucky in Lotto


When you form a Lotto pool, your group is also pooling its aggregate luck. A lotto jackpot could happen because of the luck just one member brings to your pool. Select your partners carefully. Share your luck with winners, not losers. Avoid negative people. Not only are they unlucky, but they dampen enthusiasm and drain energy from others. You want to enhance your own luck, not dilute its strength. One quick way to tell winners from losers is simply to ask them: “Do you think you are a lucky person?” Many people quickly admit, “I’m unlucky. I never win anything.” They won’t bring good luck to your group either.


No one should play games of chance out of desperation because they need the winnings. The needy have a greater fear of losing the hard-earned money they gamble with. It is just one of life’s dirty tricks that the very fear of losing blocks the winning forces. Thoughts are charged with energy, especially when triggered by emotion. Fear attracts exactly that which one fears. A strong desire for a goal that is charged with positive energy, attracts a positive response, especially when every effort is made to attain that goal.

Lottery Wheels


Balanced Wheeling ® Systems allow you to bet a large group of numbers (more than 5), play scientific combinations of that group of numbers, and get a specific minimum win guarantee. Balanced Wheels ® force all the winning numbers that are in your group to come together to give you at least one prize if some or all of the winning numbers are in your chosen group.

It’s true that the more numbers you wheel, the easier it is to trap the winning numbers in your chosen group. But to get the most leverage for your money, the optimum number of numbers to wheel is not more than four or five numbers over HALF the numbers in your game. For Pennsylvania Treasure Hunt, that means you should wheel less than about 20 of the 30 total numbers. Otherwise, you’ll be spending MORE money chasing a SMALLER guaranteed prize. You benefit more by wheeling a carefully selected group of lotto numbers.


Any one wheeling system that covers ALL the numbers in the game is too spread out, making the win guarantee not worth the wager. There are smart ways to wheel all the numbers in the game by using Trap-by-Overlap and other wheeling strategies covered on pages 137 to 142 in Gail Howard’s lotto book, Lottery Master Guide.

Most of Smart Luck’s lottery winners used a Balanced Wheel ® in addition to her Smart Luck ® number selection methods. You can use a FREE lotto interactive Balanced Wheeling System that won multiple lottery jackpots. Read about our lottery winners, too. And when you win a jackpot with my lottery systems, tell me about it so I can add you to my growing list of lotto winners. If you don’t want your name publicized, Gail will honor that.

Save Money by Knowing Lotto Numbers to Avoid

Lotto players who select their lottery numbers thoughtlessly or foolishly are destined to lose even before the drawing takes place. By knowing which number combinations and patterns to avoid, you’ll have an advantage over such players—and save money, too.


Many players like to bet the numbers that have won someone else a big jackpot, and by doing so, they are almost guaranteed NOT to win one themselves. In PA Treasure Hunt, with seven drawings a week, a set of five numbers has a chance of being drawn once every 390 years. This should also answer the question we are so often asked, “Shouldn’t I keep playing the same set of numbers every week because they are due to hit sometime?”


Never choose all five numbers from one number group, such as all single digits, or all teens, or all 20’s, etc. All five winning numbers drawn from one group is highly unlikely, although it is more likely in a game with only thirty numbers than in games with higher number fields.


Even four consecutive numbers is a very rare occurrence that, in most Lotto games, has never happened once.


The most popular set of numbers most often played is: 1-2-3-4-5. Thousands of tickets are bought with this combination every drawing. The selection is too far out of balance to come up in a random drawing.


Other popular combinations that get heavy play are the number multiples, especially 5-10-15-20-25 and 7-14-21-28-35.


Pattern betting is an even more popular method of marking bet slips. Patterns of numbers marked in a row to make a straight line, either across the bet slip vertically or diagonally get heavy play—which means sharing the prize with others if the numbers are drawn as winners. Other designs such as patterns of initials or numbers or crosses also get heavy play.


Many people like to play same last digits, such as 3-13-23-33, or all digits that end in seven, or some other favorite lucky lottery number. Even four same last digits occur in less than two-tenths of one percent of all drawings. Winning sets of numbers with no more than one repeated last digit represent nearly 90 percent of all drawings.


Quick Picks are used by lazy people who want to be in the action without putting any effort into learning how to win the lottery. When you read articles about lotto jackpot winners, it appears as though they all used either Quick Picks, birth dates, or their children’s ages. The vast majority of people do play that way. If the majority of tickets sold are Quick Picks, then it makes sense that the majority of jackpots won should be won with Quick Picks. However, when you see the actual statistics, as we did, you’ll find that you have a better chance of winning by picking numbers randomly out of a hat than by using Quick Picks.

In Lotto, the Trend is Your Friend

The shortest, easiest way to search for Lotto numbers that have the greatest probability of winning is to track the trends. Smart Luck strategies show you how to understand and use historical data. Advantage Gold is the best lotto strategy software which has a vast assortment of charts and reports that allow you to examine your lotto numbers in an infinite variety of ways. Advantage Gold teaches you to understand and use historical data.

Win with Lotto Software and Books

See all Smart Luck lottery software and lotto books or the full lottery product guide and list of best Pennsylvania lottery software and books to use for Pennsylvania Treasure Hunt.

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