State lotteries line up against DOJ reversal on Wire Act
State lotteries continue to fight back against a January Department of Justice reversal of its interpretation of the Wire Act, threatening every form of online gambling in the country.
(See DOJ reverses 2011 opinion of the Wire Act; legal online gaming in question, Lottery Post, Jan. 14, 2019.)
Now the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania joined a New Hampshire lawsuit challenging the validity of the new Wire Act opinion.
Before joining the lawsuit, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro co ...
Mar 11, 2019, 9:26 am - Lottery News forum
8 years after buying $10.8 million ticket, lottery winner says life is 'marvelous'
A Pennsylvania couple who took home more than $10 million in Delaware's first Hot Lotto jackpot eight years ago traded in their mobile home for a four-bedroom house but say their good fortune hasn't changed them.
In August 2009, Robert Crowther already had retired from the Chrysler Assembly Plant in Newark, Delaware, where he had worked for more than 30 years. Since the Crowthers opted to take the jackpot as a lump sum of $10,774,362 rather than as a deferred annuity, life has been marvelous, ...
Nov 12, 2018, 4:09 pm - Lottery News forum
New law ensures Pa. lottery winners pay their debts
A new law took effect on Tuesday that will help some Pennsylvania Lottery winners spend their winnings by ensuring they pay any outstanding debts.
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.
Delinquent taxes would b ...
Oct 31, 2018, 10:20 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania casinos file suit against state lottery over Internet-based games
Seven commercial casino operators in Pennsylvania have filed suit in Commonwealth Court against the Pennsylvania Lottery over its new breed of casino-style online games.
The casino operators are asking the court to stop the Lottery from offering the games, introduced in May, arguing they cut too close to the online games that the casinos say state gambling law reserves exclusively for them.
The suit alleges several of the Lottery's games improperly imitate the look, sound and feel of slot ...
Aug 22, 2018, 3:14 pm - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Lottery is now offering simulated sports games, much to casinos' dismay
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 resul ...
Aug 17, 2018, 11:48 am - Lottery News forum
Companies battle for Pa. lottery contract
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 lobb ...
Jul 30, 2018, 7:31 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania iLottery hits $21.6 million in sales
Rivals complaints lead to marketing changes
Pennsylvania's brand new online lottery, the iLottery, reported sales of $21.6 million in its first 26 days from its launch on June 4, despite the best efforts of the land-based casino industry to sink it in the first few weeks.
Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko told local media on Monday that 45,000 players had registered and the iLottery had paid out $18.7 million in prize money during the period, despite the initial roll out offering just ...
Jul 12, 2018, 10:08 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania becomes the seventh U.S. state to sell lottery games online
The Pennsylvania Lottery has launched PA iLottery, interactive games played online on a computer, tablet or mobile device that offer chances to win up to $250,000.
PA iLottery games are a fun, new way to play and win from home or while on the go, Drew Svitko, lottery executive director, said. iLottery is a big part of our effort to meet our players where they already are while generating new funds to benefit older Pennsylvanians.
Online PA iLottery games do not include draw games, Fast P ...
Jun 5, 2018, 3:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Pa. Lottery's new keno game gets a lot of play
The Pennsylvania Lottery's new keno game tickets have been selling like gangbusters since debuting at the beginning of the month, lottery spokesman Gary Miller said.
Since May 1, the lottery took in $2.7 million in keno sales and players have already won more than $1.8 million in prizes, Miller said.
About 9,400 retailers statewide sell keno tickets. About 900 bars and restaurants have big screen monitors to play the keno game and that number continues to grow every day, he said. The gamin ...
May 26, 2018, 6:44 am - Lottery News forum
Lawyer for trust claims $456.7 million Powerball lottery jackpot
A lawyer working for a trust claimed a $456.7 million Powerball ticket sold at a Pennsylvania convenience store, leaving state lottery officials with no details about the person or people who will get the money.
A lottery spokesman said Monday the agency had no information on whether the ticket sold at a Speedway in Manheim on March 17 was won by one person or will be split among multiple people.
The ticket was signed by the Emerald Legacy Trust and Blue Bell attorney Andrew Santana. Santa ...
Apr 30, 2018, 8:28 pm - Lottery News forum