Pa. spends $1.3 million (so far) on search for lottery partner amid fierce competition for $1B contract

Jan Murphy | Monday, October 21, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

The hunt for a company to service the Pennsylvania Lottery’s games and gaming system for the next decade has proven to be a contentious and costly venture.

Two companies are vying for 10-year lottery servicing contracts that would pay close to $1 billion or more over the life of the deal (the contracts could be extended for two to four years). It’s one of the commonwealth’s most lucrative long-term contracts.

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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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Casinos file suit claiming online lottery games infringe on their turf

Gary Rotstein | Thursday, August 23, 2018, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A group of Pennsylvania casinos filed suit in Commonwealth Court Wednesday seeking to stop the Pennsylvania Lottery from offering its new online games that the lawsuit claims are too similar to slot machines.

The seven casinos teaming in the suit — which includes the Meadows Racetrack & Casino but not the Rivers Casino — contend that the iLottery games that began in May infringe upon the type of gambling only they are permitted to offer under state law. They also raised concerns that the lottery is offering such games to individuals as young as 18, while casino gambling is restricted to those 21 and older.

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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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New Pennsylvania laws for 2018 expand gambling, allow golf carts on roads

Matthew Stantoni | Tuesday, January 2, 2018, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Driving a golf cart on Pennsylvania roads, gambling online and keeping your tax collector from skimming off your tax payments will all get a little easier under new legislation that takes effect this month.

House Bill 271 greatly expands gambling in the state, especially by allowing online casino gaming and gambling online through the Pennsylvania Lottery.

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