Pennsylvania Lottery reports record sales after adding online, bar games

Diana Nelson Jones | Thursday, August 1, 2019, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pennsylvania Lottery announced Thursday that this year’s $4.5 billion revenue from Pennsylvania Lottery games hit a record, topping last year’s record $4.2 billion.

A record $2.9 billion was paid out to winners, and 70 people won $1 million or more.

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Pennsylvania casinos ask court to stop or limit iLottery games

Charles Thompson | Monday, June 3, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

A group of Pennsylvania casinos have asked Commonwealth Court to either stop or significantly curtail the Pennsylvania Lottery’s iLottery games before commercial casino-based internet gambling gets launched next month across the state.

The casinos have requested an injunction that would require the Lottery to stop offering games they feel too closely mimic the poker, slots and other games they were granted the exclusive franchise for in the state’s 2017 gambling expansion law.

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New law could alter how much Pa. Lottery winners get to spend

Jan Murphy | Tuesday, October 30, 2018, Harrisburg Patriot News

A new law took effect on Tuesday that will help some Pennsylvania Lottery winners spend their winnings.

The law, which was enacted by Gov. Tom Wolf a year ago, applies only to those lucky enough to win a single prize of more than $2,500.

It makes it so winners who owe back state taxes will have that amount deducted from their lottery winnings, provided their appeal rights on their tax debt has expired or were exhausted.

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Betting with a smartphone? The casinos know who you are, and where you are located.

Andrew Maykuth | Wednesday, October 10, 2018, The Inquirer

When online gaming launches soon in Pennsylvania, bettors with a smartphone will be able to gamble from just about anywhere in the state.

You can gamble from work. You can gamble from school. You can gamble in a bar. You can gamble from the bleachers.

You can even bow your head and gamble from a pew. Say amen.

But there is one place in the commonwealth where you can’t engage in interactive wagering — and that is from inside the state’s 13 licensed casinos.

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Pennsylvania Lottery is now offering simulated sports games much to casinos’ dismay

Jan Murphy | Wednesday, August 15, 2018, Harrisburg Patriot News

The Pennsylvania Lottery on Tuesday rolled out the latest addition to its line-up with the introduction of a simulated sports games that may appeal to football and auto racing fans.

Called Xpress Football and Xpress Car Racing, these realistic animation of sporting events allow players to bet on an outcome of a random computerized drawings that occur every five minutes.

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$800 million jackpot: Companies battle for Pa. lottery contract

Jan Murphy | Monday, July 30, 2018, Harrisburg Patriot News

For one firm, it will be something like winning the Powerball: A state government contract worth more than $800 milion that comes along just once a decade in Pennsylvania.

The current contract to provide the gaming system and instant ticket game services that power the Pennsylvania Lottery expires in June 2019. The chance to become the lottery’s partner for the next 10 years has the paucity of vendors who do this type of work pulling out all the stops. Two of the major players have hired lobbyists to assist their efforts to win this contract.

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A dozen ways lawmakers changed the rules on Pennsylvanians in 2017

Thursday, December 28, 2018, Harrisburg Patriot News

ou bring 253 state lawmakers to the Capitol for more than 20 weeks a year and you are sure to get a few new laws that make living in Pennsylvania a little different somehow.

In that regard, 2017 didn’t disappoint.

From buying fireworks to visiting loved ones’ gravesites, new laws were enacted that change the way many Pennsylvanians will go about their daily lives in 2018 and/or after.

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