Pa. Lottery’s new iLottery has the look of slot games and casinos aren’t happy about it
You may not have to pull a handle to win on these slots, but the state’s casino industry is calling foul on the lottery’s new games of chance. The casinos claim the digital games offfered by Pa. Lottery are too similar to the state’s digital gaming systems and violates the gaming law.
Pennsylvania Revenue Secretary C. Daniel Hassell acknowledged in a June 29 letter to the casinos’ attorney, Mark Stewart, that the online lottery games were inappropriately marketed as “slot-style” or “casino-style.” Hassell blamed the advertising on an affiliate of the iLottery vendor, and said the practice had stopped, writes Andrew Maykuth in phillynews.com.
It seems the issue, which will probably need to be settled in court, came to light as the deadline for casinos to file applications for the first state interactive gaming licenses that were being offered.
The licenses cost $10 million each, though some in the casino industry privately question the value of the certificates if the state’s giant lottery system is moving into the casinos’ space. The licenses allow the casinos to offer online gaming in three categories: peer-to-peer interactive games such as poker; non-peer-to-peer interactive table games; and interactive games that simulate slot machines.
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