Wolf lets state lottery oversee virtual sports at retailers

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 27, 2017 4:50 PM

Photo by AP Photo/Wayne Parry

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania bars and taverns can soon offer a new pastime: virtual sports games.

Democratic Governor Tom Wolf announced Friday that the Pennsylvania Lottery will start offering the games, which offer random drawings based on animated fake sports events watched on monitors.

The games are projected to bring in as much as $75 million to the Pennsylvania Lottery over the next five years combined. The struggling Pennsylvania Lottery had $4 billion in sales last year, and $1 billion in profits.

It supports programs for the elderly. The games are offered by several other state lotteries.

Retailers get a 5 percent commission.

Gambling legislation awaiting Wolf's signature allows the lottery to take its games online and offer keno.

Online games are estimated to add $10 million to lottery profits this year.

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