Pa. casinos ask court to immediately halt some lottery games
This March 6, 2018 photo shows a game of internet roulette under way in Atlantic City, N.J. Pennsylvania’s casinos are seeking to stop the state’s lottery use of onling games. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
(Harrisburg) — Pennsylvania’s casinos are asking a court to immediately stop the state lottery’s use of online games that they say are too much like casino games.
The casinos filed paperwork Monday seeking an injunction in their 8-month-old lawsuit arguing that some of the lottery’s online games violate the 2017 state law that authorized them because they simulate slot machines and casino-style gambling.
The injunction request comes about six weeks before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has said it would be ready to allow casinos to take their games online.
Pennsylvania in 2017 became the first state to allow online play for both commercial casinos and its state lottery, as both go in search of newer and younger players and lawmakers seek sources of revenue to meet growing program costs.