Pennsylvanians Against Gaming Expansion has demanded that illegal skill games be closed down.
It follows a new analysis from the Pennsylvania Lottery that shows skill games have resulted in an estimated $650 million loss in Pennsylvania Lottery scratch sales. According to Pennsylvanians Against Gaming Expansion, such games are illegal gaming devices, according to the Pennsylvania State Police, the Office of the Attorney General, and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
“In the following report, we show detailed analyses that estimate more than $650 million in Pennsylvania Lottery scratch sales have been lost to unregulated games of skill machines throughout the Commonwealth,” according to a statement.
“To put it another way, the $14.9 billion in scratch product sold between October 2017 and March 2022 could have been more than 4.4% higher, generating more than $200 million more for older Pennsylvanians and local businesses during that time period.”
Since 2017, the Pennsylvania Lottery retail network has seen 17 times more skill machines found on-site across the state, eight times the number of retailers with at least one skilled machine, six times the maximum number of skill machines found at any one retailer, and the spread of skill machines to every county in the Commonwealth, according to the analysis.
“This analysis should serve as a flashing red light for lawmakers,” said Pete Shelly, spokesman for Pennsylvanians Against Gaming Expansion. “It is past time to tighten state law and shut these machines down once and for all.”
“No gaming taxes are generated by these machines.” They also bring crime to communities across the state and drain revenue from senior programs funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery.”