Pennsylvania Bettor Hits Jackpot to Spread Christmas Cheer Among Family

Pennsylvania Bettor Hits Jackpot to Spread Christmas Cheer Among Family

What a way to make some money during the holidays!

A small bet in Pennsylvania came up huge for a 44-year-old mother of four and grandmother of seven from the Reading area who hit the mega jackpot in playing Divine Fortune on A tiny 40-cent bet hit for a whopping $182,391.

“I'm going to be playing Santa Claus to my grandkids and kids who weren't sure how they were going to pay for Christmas presents this year,” said the winner, a utility worker who chose to remain anonymous, in a press release issued by Rush Street Interactive, the operator of PlaySugarHouse. “I've worked two jobs my whole life, raising my children as a single mom and I’ve never really gambled a lot as all my money goes to my family.

Pennsylvania Gaming Win on a Small Bet

“This night, though, I just wanted to relax in the tub and enjoy some online entertainment, limiting myself to no more than $20, never thinking I would hit a jackpot playing 40 cents at a time. This proves people like me can really win.”

Rush Street Interactive (RSI), which is based in Collingswood, N.J., has paid out the Divine Fortune Mega Jackpot to 98 winners in the Keystone State on both its and sites for a total progressive payout of $13,615,434.

“We love hearing these stories and this is yet another example of a life-changing jackpot,” Mattias Stetz, COO of Rush Street Interactive, said in the release. “It proves anyone can win at any time with any amount.”

Currently, RSI is live with mobile and/or retail operations in 12 states: Pennsylvania, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New Jersey,  New York, Virginia and West Virginia.

In another pre-Christmas betting development in the Keystone State, a new casino is expected to open. Penn Gaming announced late last month that is expects to open is Category 4 Hollywood Casino Morgantown to the public Dec. 22.

Banner Month for State in October

Like many states, the sports wagering handle in Pennsylvania was at an all-time high in October. Its handle of $776.27M was up 34.1% over October. However, gross revenue was down 16.7% month over month.

The figure was more than $250 million more than last October, a 47.6% increase.

In addition, iGaming revenue set a record as online casino gaming revenue topped nine figures at $102.9 million.

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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