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

Aug 17, 2018, 11:48 am

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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.

Tickets to play the games can be purchased and checked at any lottery retailer. Those who want to watch the drawing results in retail time on big-screen currently can do so at more than 1,500 locations, with more to be added, said lottery spokesman Gary Miller.

To play, you make a selection or selections on a play slip of the possible outcome of a drive that starts from the opponent's 20 yard line in the football game or the first-, second- and third-place finishers in the car racing. Turn in the play slip to a lottery retailer or put it in a vending machine and watch the game or race.

In football, players win prizes for correctly choosing one of 16 possible outcomes. For a dollar play, prizes range up to $250 and players can play up to 20 consecutive drives.

In racing, players win prizes for choosing the car numbers that place with $250 prize awarded for correctly choosing the top three finishers in exact order. Play starts at $1 and players can pay up to 20 consecutive races.

Xpress Sports, which is expected to generate $55 million in the 2018-19 fiscal year, is the third expansion of lottery games to be launched this year. In May, the first monitor game was launched, Keno, along with the lottery's venture into online lottery games.

Keno, as of Monday, generated $12.7 million since May 1 and is projected to raise $62 million by the time the current fiscal year ends June 30, Miller said. iLottery, as the online games are referred to, has proven more popular. As of Monday, those games have generated $50.6 million since their launch on May 22 and are projected to generate $300 million in the current fiscal year.

"Following Keno's very strong start, we expect that our Xpress Sports games will also be a big hit with our players," said lottery executive director Drew Svitko. "These games are part of our continuing mission to modernize our business and generate new funds to benefit older Pennsylvanians."

But the lottery's revenue projections for iLottery and now Xpress Sports could hit a snag if the state's 13 casinos that have joined forces have their way.

Like the iLottery family of games that now number 18, the Pennsylvania Casino Gaming Coalition apparently sees Xpress Sports as infringing on the very turf that a 2017 gambling expansion law granted to them exclusively.

"The Pennsylvania Lottery's new game combines elements of online casino games, sports betting and slot machines -- areas that are legislatively restricted to the commonwealth's casino operators. We will continue to oppose their illegal attempts to cannibalize the state's casino industry," said coalition spokesman David La Torre said.

The casino coalition already has signaled it is contemplating taking legal action against Gov. Tom Wolf's administration over its objections to the introduction of iLottery games. Casinos argue those games are too close to the type of online interactive games they themselves hope to offer soon and which the lottery is barred in state law from offering.

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Posted: August 17, 2018, 1:32 pm - IP Logged

Fight it out in Court and see which lawyer makes the best case!

Bash

When will COVID-19 be finished?  A vaccine may protect all of us.

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    Posted: August 17, 2018, 1:53 pm - IP Logged

    Fight it out in Court and see which lawyer makes the best case!

    Bash

    Good point, music*.  IDK about Pennsylvania casino lobbyists, but can vouch for the Nevada ones against the IRS.  The IRS, about a couple of years ago wanted to tax winnings over $600 vs the still standing $1199...the lobbyists won that hands down.

     

    BTW music*, they said tomorrow's date 8-18-18 are lucky #'s.  I played 8181 and 1818, straight for tomorrow's midday and evening draws before the liability limit is imposed which I'm sure it will be.  Hadn't given it any thought until they had it on the news scroll this morning.

     

    Good luck music*!

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      Posted: August 17, 2018, 6:43 pm - IP Logged

      Good Luck to you Bleudog101 and the rest of the Lottery Post Members who play those numbers!

       I only play MM and PB. Megamillions and Power Ball. I have transportation problems. I buy my advance play tickets once every five weeks. This has the benefit of reducing the number of trips to a store and spending a lot over a months time. 

       On another side note. Captain Scully was the second pilot who flew his plane into the Hudson River, NY.  I get this information from the Amazon video, LUCKY.  The first plane was also hit by a bird strike. 

        The first plane's flight number was 1549. It was heavily played. They had to stop the selling or the Lottery would lose millions. The numbers that came up were 1548. That was a close call for the Lottery. 

      Twitch

      When will COVID-19 be finished?  A vaccine may protect all of us.

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        Posted: August 17, 2018, 7:02 pm - IP Logged

        Bleudog101,

        The IRS in Nevada makes very bad assumptions. One of them is that someone  comes to the casino, wins  on a Keno ticket and is going to leave the casino with the winnings. As some pit bosses say, "It's just a temporary loan."

        Back in the days when tokes (tips) weren't taxed and then the IRS cam in like the Waffen SS to get them taxed this went on in that court battle.

        "I'm a 21 dealer in the casino. I take $1 from my tips, get a drink art the bar after my shift and tip the bartender. He gets off of his shift, plays a Keno ticker, and tips the Keno runner $1. She gets off plays 21 and tips the dealer $1, on and on and on...That $1 has never left the house and now 4 people are supposed to report it."

        Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any. So many systems, so many theories, so few jackpot winners. 

        Lep

        There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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          Posted: August 17, 2018, 7:41 pm - IP Logged

          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.

          Tickets to play the games can be purchased and checked at any lottery retailer. Those who want to watch the drawing results in retail time on big-screen currently can do so at more than 1,500 locations, with more to be added, said lottery spokesman Gary Miller.

          To play, you make a selection or selections on a play slip of the possible outcome of a drive that starts from the opponent's 20 yard line in the football game or the first-, second- and third-place finishers in the car racing. Turn in the play slip to a lottery retailer or put it in a vending machine and watch the game or race.

          In football, players win prizes for correctly choosing one of 16 possible outcomes. For a dollar play, prizes range up to $250 and players can play up to 20 consecutive drives.

          In racing, players win prizes for choosing the car numbers that place with $250 prize awarded for correctly choosing the top three finishers in exact order. Play starts at $1 and players can pay up to 20 consecutive races.

          Xpress Sports, which is expected to generate $55 million in the 2018-19 fiscal year, is the third expansion of lottery games to be launched this year. In May, the first monitor game was launched, Keno, along with the lottery's venture into online lottery games.

          Keno, as of Monday, generated $12.7 million since May 1 and is projected to raise $62 million by the time the current fiscal year ends June 30, Miller said. iLottery, as the online games are referred to, has proven more popular. As of Monday, those games have generated $50.6 million since their launch on May 22 and are projected to generate $300 million in the current fiscal year.

          "Following Keno's very strong start, we expect that our Xpress Sports games will also be a big hit with our players," said lottery executive director Drew Svitko. "These games are part of our continuing mission to modernize our business and generate new funds to benefit older Pennsylvanians."

          But the lottery's revenue projections for iLottery and now Xpress Sports could hit a snag if the state's 13 casinos that have joined forces have their way.

          Like the iLottery family of games that now number 18, the Pennsylvania Casino Gaming Coalition apparently sees Xpress Sports as infringing on the very turf that a 2017 gambling expansion law granted to them exclusively.

          "The Pennsylvania Lottery's new game combines elements of online casino games, sports betting and slot machines -- areas that are legislatively restricted to the commonwealth's casino operators. We will continue to oppose their illegal attempts to cannibalize the state's casino industry," said coalition spokesman David La Torre said.

          The casino coalition already has signaled it is contemplating taking legal action against Gov. Tom Wolf's administration over its objections to the introduction of iLottery games. Casinos argue those games are too close to the type of online interactive games they themselves hope to offer soon and which the lottery is barred in state law from offering.

          In racing, players win prizes for choosing the car numbers that place with $250 prize awarded for correctly choosing the top three finishers in exact order.

          Why are the casino people worried a game with a 1 in 1320 chance of winning $250 and an overall 9% of winning something will effect their bottom line?

          Casinos argue those games are too close to the type of online interactive games they themselves hope to offer soon

          It looks like their argument is "The Lottery beat us to the punch" and besides, if anything the racing game is related to the pick-3 game.

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            Posted: August 17, 2018, 7:54 pm - IP Logged

            ...these realistic animation of sporting events allow players to bet on an outcome of a random computerized drawings that occur every five minutes. 

            As they say, "A fool and his money are soon parted."

            "You can observe a lot just by watching." Yogi Berra, Hall of Fame baseball player.

            The numbers will tell you what numbers to play. Pay attention to the numbers.

            Be willing to try a new strategy. If it doesn't work, try a different one.

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              Posted: August 17, 2018, 11:59 pm - IP Logged

              Simulated sports games are about as much related tp sports betting as T-ball is to pro baseball.

              Bang Head

              Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any. So many systems, so many theories, so few jackpot winners. 

              Lep

              There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                Posted: August 18, 2018, 4:56 am - IP Logged

                Betting on simulated sports games? That's BS when there's real sports games to bet on.

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                    Posted: August 19, 2018, 12:27 am - IP Logged

                    I’m sure the casinos are very upset, it’s way too easy to win lotteries in Pennsylvania anyway.