A coalition of seven Pennsylvania casinos has sued the state Department of Revenue over its online gaming system contending that what they call “illegal, simulated casino-style online games” are now being offered by the department-run Pennsylvania Lottery.
Also at issue is what the coalition says is marketing of the online games to residents who are 18 years old when residents are required to be 21 to enter the gaming floor of casinos or play slot machines. “No one under the age of 21 is permitted on the gaming floor of a Pennsylvania casino, but lottery games that mimic the same exact slot machines that casinos offer are currently available online to Pennsylvanians as young as 18,” according to a media release from coalition members.
These seven casinos that are petitioners in the lawsuit are: Parx Casino; Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack; the Meadows Casino Racetrack Hotel; Stadium Casino; Valley Forge Casino Resort; and Mohegan Sun Pocono.
The coalition lawsuit was filed in Commonwealth Court on Wednesday and seeks an injunction to stop the state from hosting online games.
Pennsylvania launched online gambling games, called “iLottery” games, earlier this year becoming the seventh state to sell lottery games online. The lottery’s online expansion is part of an ongoing, sweeping gambling law revision in Pennsylvania.