As lottery draws move online, there’s lots of scope to move from scratchcards to instant wins, but where does the line fall between online lottery and online casino? This is a question that the Pennsylvania Lottery may have to answer with the launch of its new iLottery platform.
Many of the new style games on the PA. iLottery are well known games from many big casino brands such as Cash in the Lamp, Big Money Slingo, and Foxin Wins and this has led to the Pennsylvania casino industry challenging the lottery company. They state that the law prohibits “interactive lottery games which simulate casino style games’ and therefore claim that the PA. Lottery is violating state law.
C. Daniel Hassell, the Pennsylvania Revenue Secretary acknowledged in a letter dated June 29th to the casinos’ attorney, Mark Stewart that the games were inappropriately marketed as slot style or casino style due to the affiliate of the iLottery vendor and that the practice had now stopped, but he didn’t address the allegations that the lottery still offers the look and feel of an online casino stating that the games are being operated in accordance with the law.
Now it looks as though the whole thing may be heading to court as casinos want to ensure they have full control of their own games. On Monday the deadline passed for the first Pennsylvania interactive gaming licenses under the state’s expanded gaming law but with the licenses costing $10,000,000 each some insiders are questioning the value of the certificates if the state’s giant lottery system is moving into the casino market.