The state of Pennsylvania’s lottery will now offer a way for its residents to strike it rich on their cell phones. Eager lotto players won’t even need to leave the comfort of home and trek to the local gas station to purchase tickets.
Partnering with American gambling games provider Scientific Games, the lotto will launch the games as part of new legislative initiative also involving Keno and virtual sports. The effort will combine the already established quality of Scientific Games’ products with the recently acquired innovations in gaming technology of NYX.
Pat McHugh, Senior Vice President of Global Lottery Systems for Scientific Games, said he was excited for the venture and the overall growth it will enable for the state’s lottery industry:
“Our partnership with the Pennsylvania Lottery has resulted in one of the highest performing lotteries in the world. Now we are thrilled to combine Scientific Games and NYX's market-leading capabilities to offer entertaining digital games to Pennsylvania Lottery players, and to continue our support of Pennsylvania Lottery retailers with the iLottery affiliate program.”
Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko discussed the details of the move. He described iLotto as a “fun, new way to play and win from home and while on the go” which will provide an experience unique to Pennsylvanians from Pittsburgh to Scranton.
“Pennsylvania iLottery games are a fun, new way to play and win from home or while on the go. iLottery is a big part of our effort to meet our players where they already are while generating new funds to benefit older Pennsylvanians. By law, PA iLottery players must be physically located in the state of Pennsylvania to play for money and win prizes."
Svitko reminded prospective players that they would be encouraged to play responsibly and “within their means." Over 9,400 lotto retailers across the state will be urging players to sign up as soon as they’re ready and able. Svitko reassured that the majority of the proceeds of the business will continute to benefit the state’s older adult citizens.
The online offerings will not include draw games, Fast Play games or Scratch-Offs that are sold in traditional lotto retail locations. However, a host of all-new games will now be in circulation including: Super Gems, Robin Hood, Volcano Eruption, Super Cash Buster, Bigfoot, Big Money SLINGO, Cash Buster Towers, Monster Wins, Foxin’ Wins, Crossword Cash and Cash in the Lamp.
While these games will be available in some cases for an entry fee as low as one cent, citizens are allowed to try free demo versions of all the games online before committing any deposits.
Signing up is a breeze, as players need to simply create an account and select a payment method such as a debit card or linked bank account. Credit cards won’t be available to use for signup to ensure that running up bills won’t become an issue for players should they make the mistake of overspending.
Players also will have access to a unique number of player-controlled settings including deposit limits, spending limits and time limits to help ensure they stay responsible with their money at a personal customized level. The Lotto will also allow players the opportunity to “cool off” over a 30-day period and exclude themselves from playing for periods of one and five years.
Prizes will immediately be credited to each player’s account should they win big. Each player will need to submit a proper form of state identification and, of course, be the age of 18 or over to participate in the fun.
The developments are no doubt a major exciting move forward for the Pennsylvania Lottery. The lotto has been around since the state general assembly created it in 1971 and features some Pennsylvania-only draw games such as Pick 2, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, Wild Ball, Treasure Hunt, Cash 5, Match 6 and Keno. It also offers multi-state staples like Cash4Life, Mega Millions and Powerball and the recurring Millionaire Raffle.
Beyond the state-run lottery, gambling continues to be a profitable business for the Keystone State. While sports betting could soon be on the way and licenses are currently being issued, brick and mortar casinos also enjoyed a fruitful month of May in slot revenue.
Pennsylvania took in a whopping $203,993,259 last month which isn’t even the largest figure the state industry raised this year. That came in March when an unprecedented $221,350,220 was brought in which contributes to the recent rise in popularity slots have seen in the state.