An anti-gaming group lobbies for Pennsylvania to ban illegal games of skill. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
A damning report
A group called Pennsylvanians Against Gaming Expansion is calling for an end to illegal games in the Quaker State.
The anti-gaming meeting based its comments on a Pennsylvania Lottery analysis that revealed $650 million in estimated losses from “unregulated games of skill in the Commonwealth.”
The group also quoted the Pennsylvania State Police, the Office of Attorney General and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as saying that unregulated devices are illegal and harmful.
Trouble in Pennsylvania
The analysis, which also provides updates on the impact of skill games, revealed a hugely undesirable economic impact of using unregulated games.
would in turn have generated over $200 million more for older Pennsylvanians and local businesses”
“In the next report, we show detailed analysis that estimates that more than $650 million in Pennsylvania Lottery scratch sales were lost to unregulated Commonwealth games of skill,” the report detailed. “To put it another way, the $14.9 billion worth of scratch product sold between October 2017 and March 2022 could have been more than 4.4 percent higher, which in turn was more than $200 million over that time. would have generated more for older Pennsylvanians and local businesses. ”
The survey also found that since 2017, the number of on-site skill game machines had increased 17 times. The number of retailers with at least one game of skill has also multiplied by eight, the number of skill games by six, and skill machines have penetrated every county in the state.
According to the anti-gaming expansion group, the rapid growth of skill games must come to an end.
“This analysis should serve as a blinking red light for lawmakers,” said Pete Shelly, spokesperson for Pennsylvanians Against Gaming Expansion. “It’s time once and for all to tighten up state law and shut down these machines.”
The battle for expansion
Gambling in Pennsylvania is legal in almost all forms, including in-person and online, plus sports betting.
The state’s 16 casinos generated $5.04 billion in fiscal year 2021-22, a new record, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. That number was $1.2 billion higher than in the previous fiscal year, which was still a record nearly $600 million.
However, the rapid growth has led to many discussions about how to control the market. As it stands, the battle over the prevalence of skill machine games remains highly contentious.
For groups like Pennsylvanians Against Gaming Expansion, the negatives of the machines outweigh the positives.
they get revenue from senior programs funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery”
“These machines don’t generate a dime in gambling taxes,” Shelly says. “They also bring crime to communities across the state and they draw revenue from senior programs funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery.”
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has chosen a middle ground for gambling. After signing a bill to expand the online and physical reach of gambling, he warned lawmakers in 2020 that his programs already offered a “multiple” of options for gamblers. He also caused a furore in 2021 by stating that he wanted to convert gambling tax into a student finance fund.
Several local casinos were fined earlier this year for allowing self-excluded customers to gamble at their facilities.
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