Pennsylvania casinos lose in court over online lottery games


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the owners of seven Pennsylvania casinos trying to shut down the state’s online lottery games, dismissing the casinos’ arguments that the lottery games on the Internet used sufficiently unique systems for slot machines. and casino-style gambling to violate state law.

Commonwealth Court Judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer Tuesday’s ruling is a victory for the Pennsylvania Lottery, preserving a growing source of cash for the agency as it heads to record $ 5 billion in revenue dollars for this exercise.

Casino owners, including Penn National Gaming Inc. and Caesars Entertainment Corp., have argued that the iLottery uses features such as random number generators that are either used by or patented by casino games.

This, they said, violates a 2017 law that allowed the lottery to offer games online, but prohibited them from offering games that “simulate” casino-style games.

Jubelirer sided with lottery officials who said the systems used by iLottery are not unique to casino games and have long been used in lottery games.

Mark Stewart, the casino lawyer, said his clients are evaluating the court’s decision and considering their legal options.

The state began offering iLottery games in 2018. Online games will exceed $ 900 million in sales this fiscal year, the lottery said.


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