Casinos file suit against Pennsylvania Lottery, claim its online games violate gambling laws

Steve Tawa
August 23, 2018 - 2:55 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A group of casinos is griping that the Pennsylvania Lottery is infringing on their turf. 

A coalition that includes seven Pennsylvania casino operators argue the state's new online offerings violate recently adopted gambling laws, by improperly "simulating slot machines and casino-style games."

The group filed a lawsuit in Commonwealth Court, seeking an injunction to halt the lottery's new online iLottery games. 

Among the named plaintiffs: Parx Casino, Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack, and Valley Forge Casino Resort. 

They wrote in court papers that "making matters worse," the Pennsylvania Lottery "promotes casino-style gambling to anyone as young as 18," yet casinos face serious sanctions if anyone younger than 21 gambles when inside the casinos. The legal gambling age in Pennsylvania is 21.

They also pointed out at the same time the state's lottery system is moving into casino space, each casino that wants to apply for a state interactive gaming license has to put up $10 million for each license.