Pennsylvania lottery winners now subject to state tax on prizes
By Todd Northrop
The small number of states that don't tax lottery prizes has just shrunk by one state.
Pennsylvania lawmakers approved levying new taxes Wednesday on a variety of different things including lottery prizes to help support the $31.5 billion state budget that went into effect earlier this week.
The tax bill was approved by a 116-75 vote in the House and 28-22 vote in the Senate. Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf quickly signed the tax bill and related bills to complete the budget pro ...
Jul 20, 2016, 10:43 am - Lottery News forum
WV Lottery officials keeping eye on PA internet gambling bill
West Virginia Lottery officials are closely monitoring legislation making its way through the Pennsylvania General Assembly that would significantly expand legalized gambling in that state.
Those guys are aggressive, I'll just say that, acting lottery director John Myers said Tuesday of the legislation, which would make Pennsylvania the fourth state to legalize internet gambling, would allow state casinos to operate satellite locations with up to 250 slot machines each and would allow slot m ...
Jul 12, 2016, 11:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania lottery wins to be taxed, if legislation passes
Winning the Pennsylvania Lottery may be a little less lucrative in a proposal that would allow the state to take a share of the jackpot through income tax.
Currently, such winnings are exempt from the state's personal income tax.
What does that mean in practice?
Let's use January's $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot as an example. For those who opted for the hypothetical lump sum the final $1.6 billion take was split between three winners of about $940 million, the feds would withhold a com ...
Mar 15, 2016, 4:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania judge and friends win $291M Powerball jackpot
Bought ticket while vacationing in Florida
After a long ride back from his annual Florida vacation, Senior District Judge James Stocklas had enjoyed the sun and fun, but was anxious to get back home to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
After parking his RV in the driveway, Stocklas caught a few hours sleep and awoke Friday morning with plans to visit his favorite Bethlehem diner. While at breakfast, he pulled out his cellphone to see if anyone had won massive Powerball lottery.
His jaw dropped w ...
Mar 6, 2016, 8:50 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Lottery pays off for state's senior citizens
Darlene Henderson has played the daily Pick 4 off and on since the 1980s, though she hasn't won a substantial jackpot.
Her payoff from the Pennsylvania Lottery comes from the more than $1 billion raised annually for senior programs and services statewide.
From the beginning, they always said it was to help senior citizens, said Henderson, 67, of East Liberty. That's a good cause.
Since its first drawing in 1972, Pennsylvania's lottery has contributed nearly $25 billion to senior progr ...
Feb 14, 2016, 5:52 pm - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Lottery testing payment with credit, debit cards
People can now use debit and credit cards to purchase Pennsylvania lottery tickets at nine Smoker's Express stores in the Harrisburg area as part of a new payment trial.
The Pennsylvania Lottery is testing out the financial viability of allowing people to use credit and debit cards to purchase draw and instant lottery tickets. The test, which started this week, is the result of an ever-growing population of Pennsylvanians that don't carry cash and can't play the Lottery.
We've been hearin ...
Feb 11, 2016, 3:50 pm - Lottery News forum
WATCH: Buddhist monk fights back after getting robbed buying lottery tickets
Includes video report
Police are searching for a man who was caught on video robbing a Buddhist monk as he bought lottery tickets in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, convenience store.
Police said the 61-year-old monk was at a Sunoco gas station store on South Broad Street buying lottery tickets from a machine on Jan. 3 when an unidentified black male snatched $350 in cash from the monk's hands and ran out of the door.
The monk is then seen on video chasing the man into the gas station pa ...
Jan 12, 2016, 11:05 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Lottery seeking volunteer witnesses on evening drawing show
Includes video report
The Pennsylvania Lottery is looking for volunteers who are Pennsylvania residents over the age of 55 to appear as witnesses on the evening drawing show in Harrisburg.
Witnesses perform different functions on two consecutive evenings, and will appear on-camera one of those days. The process lasts approximately 2.5 hours and starts at 5 p.m. each night.
All witness are directly involved in the selection of the drawing machines and ball sets used for drawings. They a ...
Oct 3, 2015, 9:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Virginia truck driver claims Mega Millions jackpot in Pa.
A professional truck driver for nearly 30 years will be retiring early thanks to a lottery ticket he purchased at a Pennsylvania travel plaza.
On Wednesday, Steven Peloquin claimed a $91.8 million Mega Millions jackpot from the July 21 drawing.
It is the second jackpot-winning Mega Millions ticket sold by the Pennsylvania Lottery and the fourth-largest prize awarded in the Lottery's history.
Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko presented a ceremonial check for $91,781,644.00 to Peloqu ...
Jul 29, 2015, 9:58 pm - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania lottery winners to be taxed for the first time
New Penn. Gov. Tom Wolf proposes historic tax increases
By Todd Northrop
Tucked into the depths of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's first budget plan is a proposal to tax lottery winnings over $600.
The newly-elected Democrat Governor's spokesman says that California and Pennsylvania are the only states with income taxes that exempt lottery proceeds. Some states have no income taxes, and those states also do not tax lottery winners.
We have a massive budget deficit that we need to c ...
May 12, 2015, 10:55 am - Lottery News forum