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Casinos sue state lottery over new online games

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Casinos sue state lottery over new online games

Photo by Jeff Kubina from the milky way galaxy (Slot Machine) [CC BY-SA 2.0 [], via Wikimedia Commons

It appears Pennsylvania’s casinos want to shut down the state’s new iLottery program. On August 15, a coalition of seven casinos filed a complaint against the state Revenue Department, claiming the online games simulate slot machines and casino-style gambling which is in violation of the state’s lottery law and casino expansion Act 42.

According to news reports, casinos involved in the lawsuit include Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack, Parx Casino, The Meadows Casino Racetrack Hotel, Stadium Casino, Valley Forge Casino Resort, and Mohegan Sun Pocono.

The complaint states that “all of the iLottery games feature the same user interface as a slot machine, and have the same interactive appearance, feel and play experience that a player would expect from land-based and online slot machines.”

In an Associated Press news report, Lottery spokesperson Gary Miller said, “It is important to note that Act 42 authorized the lottery’s new games, which are part of an effort to continue delivering to our customers games that they want and where they want while generating the additional funds to stabilize the Lottery Fund and provide vital services to older Pennsylvanians.”

iLottery was introduced in May 2018.

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