Action News Investigates has learned Pennsylvania was supposed to have a state-of-the-art unemployment computer system two years ago.But the state is still using a 40-year-old system that has been overwhelmed with 1.65 million unemployment filings since the pandemic started.In 2017, the state Labor and Industry Department agreed to pay Geographic Solutions of Florida $35 million for a new unemployment system.Buried deep in the 2,589-page contract is a section showing the system was supposed to go live on April 30, 2018.Instead, the state has been fielding 20,000 calls a day from angry people who cannot get their unemployment using the old system.”It’s very frustrating,” said laid-off construction worker Jim Foster of Kittanning. He filed five weeks ago but still has not gotten an unemployment check.He said he was angry to learn about the delays with the new computer system.”Someone in Harrisburg that’s in charge of this stuff should have said, ‘Hey … Read More
Pennsylvania Lottery COVID-19 Update
Scammers are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing their activities in Pennsylvania. Be aware, stay alert, and never send money to receive a lottery prize.
Draws for all games will continue as normal.
Starting jackpots for Pennsylvania Powerball and Mega Millions have been removed – amounts will be published before each draw and now depend on ticket sales and interest rates.
Minimum jackpot increases between draws have been removed for both Powerball and Mega Millions.
All Pennsylvania Lottery Claim Centers are closed until further notice.
Claiming a Winning Ticket
Prizes up to $2,500 may be claimed at a Pennsylvania Lottery retailer. Any prize over $2,500 can only be paid by the Pennsylvania Lottery.
All prizes over $600 should be claimed by mail: complete and sign the back of the ticket, fill out the Prize Claim Form, and include a