PA Lottery instant ticket winners
The Pennsylvania Lottery removed all sight validation codes and benday from instant tickets. Lottery retailers and players now should rely on a ticket's 2-D barcode to determine if it is a winner.
To emphasize the 2-D barcode for our players, the Lottery has begun printing the phrase "Scratch To Cash" over this area.
Before cashing an instant ticket, players should always SCRATCH to reveal the 2-D barcode, SCAN the ticket using a self-service ticket checker and SIGN a winning ticket.
2-D barcodes were added to instant tickets starting in July 2009. These barcodes enable retailers to scan tickets to find out if they are winners. In addition, self-service ticket checkers are located at every retailer and allow players to scan their own tickets. Finally, the self-service, touch-screen PlayCentral Terminal machines permit players to scan their own tickets and generate a cash voucher or use their winnings to purchase more Lottery tickets.
The addition of 2-D barcodes to instant tickets has made benday and sight validation codes unnecessary and obsolete. The Lottery is confident that its instant tickets are secure with the 2-D barcodes, which are the most current security tool available and an industry-wide best practice.
Finally, the Pennsylvania Lottery removed sight validation codes and benday to improve play experience with its instant tickets. A common complaint that the Lottery received was when players scratched a small portion of a ticket's play area and revealed a non-winning code (one of the letters B, J, K, Q, P or Z), they immediately knew the ticket was not a winner. Now that these codes are gone, players can keep scratching until the entire play area is revealed to find out if their ticket is a winner.
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