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Penn Xpress Sports Virtual Games Review

Xpress Sports are now available to play across Pennsylvania. At launch, Xpress Football and Xpress Car Racing will be accessible at PA lottery retailers including bars, restaurants, stores and clubs. The latest line of games represents an increased level of engagement to PA Lottery games that offer Pennsylvania citizens a fun and exciting use of their gaming dollar.

If you’re the type who likes sports and finds scratch-off or draw games boring, Pennsylvania Xpress Sports just might be up your alley.

Make no mistake, virtual sports is not sports betting — that will be coming later, but the games can appeal to sports fan, especially when their favorite sports are out of season.

Virtual Sports, a definition

Xpress Sports is a type of game under the broader “virtual sports” label. In the context of gaming, virtual sports are simulated games in which you can place bets. Although virtual sports are most common online, they are also available at lottery retailers in PA where people can purchase tickets (a store) or congregate (bars). A major feature of the simulated games is that you can watch the result unfold on a television or monitor — and they only last a few minutes. The simulated games are often random and do not require any skill, but the games do add an element of excitement sometimes not found in other games.

Pros and cons

Some players will love these games while for others, it may not be their cup of tea. Indeed, few would probably argue that virtual sports betting beats regular sports betting but these games do provide a unique advantage — and possible alternative to sports betting — while falling short in other areas.

Below is a look at some top reasons to play and not play these games.

Pros

  • Unlike regular sports, you can play games 365 days a year, 24 hours a day (assuming, of course, your favorite lottery retailer is open)
  • Football drives and races last just a few minutes, giving you a quick result
  • You can watch the results of action in real time
  • The chance to enjoy the games in a social environment with friends is greater

Cons

  • There is no skill in these games; drawings are completely random
  • Compared to some games — such as scratch offs — results are not instant
  • Xpress Sports use generic teams, players and cars

If you are somebody that just likes betting in general on things like lottery tickets or scratch offs, these games will probably provide you with a more engaging experience. After all, you can watch the games unfold right after purchasing your tickets. You can get a lot of fun out of a single $1 play.

Frequently asked questions

Even if you are familiar with virtual sports, to play you will need to familiarize yourself with the unique brand of PA Virtual Xpress Sports before getting started.

How do these games work in general?

In short, Xpress Sports work similar to many virtual sports games. Place your bet on your prediction of the outcome, watch the action unfold live and win a cash prize if you guess correctly.

Who can participate in these games?

Penn Xpress Sports are available to players 18 years of age and above.

How does Xpress football work?

Every five minutes, an Xpress Football drive (or drawing) will take place starting on the 20-yard line. The goal is to accurately predict the outcome of the drive as well as what play it occurred on. Possible outcomes include a touchdown run, touchdown pass, running touchdown, turnover and field goal. Payouts are roughly based on the odds of that play occurring. More information on all the payouts below.

To play, you will need to fill out a playslip — available at PA Lottery retailers — with three sections filled out:

  • Your bet amount, which can range anywhere from $1 to $20
  • Number of consecutive drives (Number of consecutive drawings, which are held five minutes apart)
  • Your selection of the outcome of the drive.

Once your playslip has been filled out, return to a participating lottery retailer. Once submitted, your selections will be applicable to the next drive/drawing and any subsequent drives you played.

Watch the short video below to give you a quick run down of how it works:

How do Xpress Car Racing Games Work?

Like Xpress Football, Xpress Car Racing simulated races are held every five minutes. Your aim in Xpress Car Racing is to predict who you believe will finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the race. The closer you get to predicting the outcome, the larger your prize will be.

Complete a payslip at any participating PA lottery retailer with the three sections filled out:

  • Bet amount, which can be anywhere from $1 to $20
  • Number of consecutive races you want to play (number of consecutive drawings, held every five minutes)
  • Outcome where you will be required to select a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finisher in the race.

When filled out, return the payslip to the lottery retailer. You will be entered into the next race and any subsequent races you paid for.

For more details watch the video below:

What happens during the simulation of the game?

During the game simulation, you can watch the football drive or race take place in real time. Monitors are available at participating lottery retailers and allow you to watch the event on high definition monitors with uber-realistic graphics. You don’t have to watch these games to see if you win. You can go to the PA Lottery website or PA Lottery app to view results at your convenience as long as you have the drawing number.

Where can I play these games?

Penn Xpress Sports can be played at over 1000 PA lottery locations across including bars, clubs, stores and restaurants.

Is PA Xpress Sports available online?

PA Xpress Sports are only available through PA Lottery retailer locations at this point; however, it would not be surprising at all to see these games available online at some point. Not only does the format fit nicely in an online environment, but virtual sports are commonly available online in other jurisdictions.

If you want to play games online, for now you will need sign-up for the online lottery in PA where you can play a nice selection of collect and draw-style games for real money. New players can even receive a free $5 no deposit bonus to try them out. Use PA Lottery bonus code WINNER during the registration process to get your bonus.

What are the payouts and odds for these games?

The payouts for Xpress Football games are as follows:

Penn Xpress Football Prizes and Odds (based on a $1 play)
OutcomePrizeMaximum Prize
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
Field Goal$6$15

Odds for Xpress Football for specific outcomes is available on the Penn Lottery website.

The payouts for Car Racing is a bit more simplified:

Penn Xpress Car Racing Prizes and Odds (Based on $1 play)
OutcomePrizeOdds of winning
Correctly selected 1st place car$21 in 13.33
Corrected selected 1st and 2nd place cards in any order$51 in 146,67
Correctly selected 1st and 2nd place cars (exact order)$201 in 146.67
Correctly selected 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place cars in any order$401 in 264
Corrected selected 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cards in exact order$2501 in 1,320

The odds of winning a prize of any kind on a given race are just under 1 in 11.

How do I claim my prizes?

Pennsylvania citizens can claim prizes through any lottery retailer as long as the prize is under $2500, which will cover most prizes. If you happen to receive a prize above that amount, first of all, good job. But secondly, you will need to claim your prize directly from the PA Lottery. You will also need to fill out a form for any amount over $600.