PA Xpress Sports games, a new form of virtual sports, is the latest category of games to hit the PA Lottery. With the launch, the state is releasing simulated action for both football and car racing.
The new games are called Xpress with new drawings held every five minutes. Players 18 years of age and older can wager and watch the action unfold in real-time from hundreds of lottery retailers across the state.
No, it’s not sports betting and it’s not available in the PA Online Lottery (at least yet), but it’s new, fast and its heading to Pennsylvania bars, restaurants, clubs and stores near you.
Virtual sports explained
A phenomenon of the last decade or so, virtual sports are simulated sporting events that allow for wagering on the action. The games are attractive for their fast-paced nature and the number of betting opportunities they open up.
The players and teams are fictional, but the action feels real due to impressive cutting-edge graphics and the game’s ability to keep players interested. To the average sports fan, these games can be a fun alternative to the regular lottery or even casino games.
How PA Xpress Sports works
At this time, Xpress Sports in PA are only available for through PA Lottery retailers. This can easily change as the games gain popularity and as online casinos and sports betting gain a foothold, but for now, you will just be able to find the games available at retail locations.
To play PA Xpress virtual sports, you must pick up a playslip at any PA lottery location. Fill out a bet slip with the amount you wish to play, the number of consecutive “drives” or races you wish to play along with the predicted outcome. After the slip is filled out, submit your slip to a lottery retailer.
After your wager has been placed, your ticket will be applied to the next game or race, which is held every 5 minutes. You can watch the action in real-time through monitors at lottery retailers or check the PAlottery website at a later time for results.
Watching the action live is probably the most practical — and definitely the most fun — especially if you are only playing a game or two.
Check below for more information on each new Xpress Sports game.
How to play Xpress Football
With Xpress Football, your virtual team will start on the 20-yard line. Your goal is to predict a randomly drawn result of the drive.
On your Xpress Sports football payslip, you will need to make three different selections:
- The amount you wish to wager for each drive, which can be anywhere from $1 to $20
- The number of drives in a row you wish to play, up to 20. Remember that a new drive takes place every five minutes
- Select 1 of 16 outcomes of the drive. Outcomes will include TD Run, TD Pass, Turnover and Field goal. But that’s only four outcomes, you say? For all non-field goal outcomes, you will also need to select the play (1-5) the outcome will occur
After your playslip has been turned in, your selections will apply to the next drive or drawing, which will be detailed on your Xpress Football ticket with the next drawing taking place within five minutes.
Your Xpress Sports Football wager will be paid based on the following prize scale with play occurring on the first play being more lucrative.
|Xpress Football Prizes and Odds (based on a $1 play)|
|TD Run on 1st Play||$50||$200|
|TD Run on 2nd Play||$6||$75|
|TD Run on 3rd Play||$5||$40|
|TD Run on 4th Play||$2||$20|
|TD Run on or after 5th Play||$2||$20|
|TD Pass on 1st Play||$60||$200|
|TD Pass on 2nd Play||$8||$70|
|TD Pass on 3rd Play||$5||$25|
|TD Pass on 4th Play||$2||$20|
|TD Pass on or after 5th Play||$2||$20|
|Turnover on 1st Play||$90||$250|
|Turnover on 2nd Play||$30||$175|
|Turnover on 3rd Play||$15||$100|
|Turnover on 4th Play||$12||$80|
|Turnover on or after 5th Play||$2||$40|
Xpress Football odds of specific outcomes are available from the Xpress Football page on the PA Lottery website.
Xpress Car Racing
While there can be a slight learning curve with Xpress Football, Xpress Sports Car Racing is a bit more straightforward. Instead of selecting the outcome of the drive, you will simply need to predict the winners in the virtual car race.
For your Xpress car racing payslip, you will need to fill in three sections:
- The amount to play for each race, which varies from $1 to $20
- The number of consecutive races to wager on, up to 20. Drawings for each new Xpress Car Racing takes place every five minutes
- Predict the car numbers that will come in first, second or third place
Once your playslip has been submitted to the lottery retailer, you will receive an Xpress Car Racing Ticket and your selections will apply to the next race.
Your Xpress Sports Car Racing wager is paid based on the following prize schedule:
|PA Xpress Car Racing Prizes and Odds (Based on $1 play)|
|Outcome||Prize||Odds of winning|
|Correctly selected 1st place car||$2||1 in 13.33|
|Corrected selected 1st and 2nd place cards in any order||$5||1 in 146,67|
|Correctly selected 1st and 2nd place cars (exact order)||$20||1 in 146.67|
|Correctly selected 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place cars in any order||$40||1 in 264|
|Corrected selected 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cards in exact order||$250||1 in 1,320|
On average, a player playing Xpress Car Racing virtual games will win at a rate of 1 for every 10.73 times you play.
Claim Your Xpress Sports payouts
If and when you win at Xpress Sports, in most cases you will be able to get your money right away. A PA Lottery retailer will be able to pay any winnings up to $2,500, although be aware that any winnings over $600 will require a tax form.
Any winnings over $2,500 will be paid directly by the PA Lottery.
Waiting for Xpress Sports Online?
At this point, there is no word when virtual sports will be available online to players in PA, although it is expected that the games will ultimately be available to play on your phones, tablets and computers.
While you wait for the games, you will have the opportunity to play nearly two dozen PA online lottery games from anywhere. To try out the games, you can even receive a free $5 after registering with no deposit required. To receive the free no deposit bonus, you will need to use PA Lottery Bonus Code WINNER.