Pennsylvania casinos lose legal battle against state lottery over online gambling

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Court judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer dismissed a lawsuit last Tuesday filed by owners of 7 casinos trying to shut down iLottery games, claiming it was using features like RNG which are either used by casino games or patented by them. She agreed that the systems used by iLottery are not unique to casino games and have long been used in lottery games.

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit deposited by the owners of seven Pennsylvania casinos to try close the state’s online lottery games, rejecting the casinos’ arguments that internet lottery games used systems unique enough for slots and casino-style gambling to violate state law, reports the Associated Press.

The decision was taken on May 25 through Commonwealth Court Judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer comes as a win for the Pennsylvania Lottery, preserving a growing source of cash for the agency as it moves towards a record $ 5 billion in sales for this fiscal year.

Casino owners, including Penn National Gaming Inc. and Caesars Entertainment Corp., argued that the iLottery uses functions like random number generators which are either used by or patented by casino games. They said it violates a 2017 law which authorized the lottery to offer online games, but Prohibits them from offering games that “simulate” casino-type games.

Jubelirer sided with lottery managers who testified that the systems used by iLottery are not unique to casino games and have long been used in lottery games.

Casino lawyer Mark Stewart said his clients were evaluating the court’s decision and considering their legal options.

The state started offering iLottery games in 2018. Online games will exceed $ 900 million in sales this fiscal year, says the lottery.

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