Online gaming is coming to Pennsylvania very soon. And before it is launched, reportedly seven casinos in the state have gone to court seeking an injunction on online lottery games that are very much similar to slot-style games.
The online lottery was authorized and regulated in the state in 2017, and since then, it has been quite popular. Also, the casinos in the state are now authorized to offer online casinos and poker games; however, it is yet to be launched.
The lawsuit against the lottery games that resemble slot games is because the casinos fear that it could hamper their revenues from online gaming services, which is soon to be launched.
The lawsuit has based its arguments on the premises that according to the current gambling regulations in the state, lotteries offering “games which simulate casino-style lottery games, specifically including roulette, poker, slot machines or blackjack,” are not authorized.
The lottery companies have contested that their products just resemble the slot style games, but it is nowhere similar in other aspects that differentiate online casinos and lotteries.
However, the lawsuit also mentions that at least 22 of the iLottery games are classified as casino gaming in other regulatory jurisdictions, including New Jersey and the UK.
Recently the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board also introduced “a self-help tool for individuals to voluntarily exclude themselves from participating in the new internet-based gaming (iGaming) activities for sports wagering and casino-like games.”