The state Lottery of Pennsylvania has announced that online games will begin this May.
Pennsylvania is one state in the US that is setting up to experience several changes to their gambling industry this year. In late 2017, the state decided to approve a gaming package that would see an expansion of the gambling industry. This included online lottery gaming. Lottery operators have announced this week that online gaming will begin by May.
Players of the lottery in Pennsylvania will no longer have to rely on convenience stores for ticket purchases. Once the online lottery games go live in May, players will be able to purchase tickets via a smartphone or computer. Any device that provides internet access will be able to support the purchase of online lottery tickets, giving players instant access to their favorite games.
The expansion of the state lottery comes at a time when the lottery is celebrating its 46th year in existence. The first-ever drawing of a lottery game took place back in 1972, on March 15th. Back then, a ticket cost just 50 cents to take part in a weekly drawing that would provide a prize of $500,000. In some cases, a $1 million prize would be up for grabs.
Since its inception, the Pennsylvania state lottery has paid players close to $48 billion in prizes and provided over $28 billion to fund property tax rebates, rent rebates, care services, local services for seniors, prescription assistance and more. The revenues from casino gaming have certainly come in handy as citizens of the state have benefited in a variety of ways.
Drew Svitko is the Executive Director of the Lottery who commented in a press release on the announcement, stating that as the lottery reflects on 46 great years, they are hard at work building the Pennsylvania Lottery of the future. According to the Director, the coming months will see the online lottery gaming platform launch as well as new draw games. The goal is to modernize the business and provide new funds that will be used to benefit seniors of the region.
Details of the Online Lottery Games
Players who want to participate in the online lottery of Pennsylvania will need to be 18 years of age or older. The online lottery games will only be available to individuals who are located within the borders of the state, both residents and visitors. On top of traditional lottery games, keno will also be provided. The state lottery is currently looking for vendors to offer the game when the lottery goes online.
On a side note, virtual sports monitor games are to be launched in June and will be connected to the lottery. The games will be showing the outcome of random computerized drawings.
On top of the online options, the lottery will continue to offer traditional options via retail locations. Over 9,400 retail locations will feature Fast Play games, scratch-offs and draw games. So, players will have the option to play online or in a retail setting.
On top of the online lottery gaming, the state is preparing to offer online casino and poker games. Applications for licensing will be accepted by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on April 16th, if all regulations are in place by that time. Land-based gaming operators can choose to apply for licensing, with the option to offer slot games, table games and poker. Licensing for all three can be purchased for a total price of $10m while a single license for each category will cost $4 million each.