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August 23, 2019

Claiming they are too similar to casino games

Pennsylvania’s casinos ask court to immediately halt some lottery games

Pennsylvania’s casinos ask court to immediately halt some lottery games
Pennsylvania in 2017 became the first state to allow online play for both commercial casinos and its state lottery.
United States | 06/06/2019

The casinos filed paperwork Monday seeking an injunction in their 8-month-old lawsuit arguing that some of the lottery’s online games violate the 2017 state law that authorized them because they simulate slot machines and casino-style gambling. Lottery officials say the games are in accordance with the law. State casinos are preparing to launch their online casino product on July 15.

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ennsylvania’s casinos are asking a court to immediately stop the state lottery’s use of online games that they say are too much like casino games.

The casinos filed paperwork Monday seeking an injunction in their 8-month-old lawsuit arguing that some of the lottery’s online games violate the 2017 state law that authorized them because they simulate slot machines and casino-style gambling, AP News reports.

Lottery officials say the games are in accordance with the law.

The injunction request comes about six weeks before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has said it will allow casinos to take their games online. State casinos are preparing to launch their online casino product on July 15.

Last July, shortly after the iLottery launched in the state, casinos quickly voiced their displeasure about the offering. More specifically, they pointed to Act 42 of the gambling expansion law as a reason why these instant games were running afoul of the law. Under the terms of the act, online lottery do not include “games that represent physical, Internet-based or monitor-based interactive lottery games which simulate casino-style lottery games, specifically including poker, Roulette, slot machines and Blackjack.”

While the casinos cite Act 42 as the reason the online lottery games are invading their place, the PA Lottery sees this language as exactly what protects them.

Pennsylvania in 2017 became the first state to allow online play for both commercial casinos and its state lottery, as both go in search of new and younger players and lawmakers seek sources of revenue to meet growing costs.

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