Clicky

Online Gaming Elevates Pennsylvania Lottery's Sales - PennsylvaniaCasinos.com News : PennsylvaniaCasinos.com News
pennsylvania-lottery-logo
Published on
Update on
Author

Online gambling has proven to be quite a big deal during the duration of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, something that was a breath of fresh air for the gamblers and several gaming operators. Though unforeseen, the Pennsylvania Lottery has turned out to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the surge in online gambling traffic. Clearly, the decision to allow the state’s residents to buy lottery tickets online was a pretty good idea.

Even though the state-run lottery is yet to publish the revenue report for the 2019-20 fiscal year, Drew Svitko, the Pennsylvania Lottery’s Executive Director pointed out that their revenue and profit were just 0.06 percent lower than what they posted for the previous fiscal year. While this drop may seem like a bad thing, it is a pretty big deal especially considering that the previous revenue and profit were the best in terms of 12-month performance for the lottery since 1972.

The Rebound

It is very impressive that the lottery has been making all those strides despite all that has been happening with the pandemic. Things have certainly returned to normal in some sense but, just like other aspects of gambling in the Keystone State, the lottery also felt a bit of a pinch when everything slowed down. The plunge in lottery revenue was not too surprising and after it happened, a lot more effort was put into the online product which was already doing pretty well.

The Lottery’s sales have since rebounded – this was after taking a significant hit when the statewide shutdown took effect. In other states where only retail lotteries exist, huge revenue deficits have been reported as not many people are buying retail tickets when they head out to stores.

Safety Net

Pennsylvania is currently one of the 13 states in the United States that have online lotteries and it has been working hard to push that offering forward. Its retail lottery sales dropped by as much as 25 percent owing to the closure of close to 30 percent of retail venues across the state. However, as that was happening, there was a considerable 25 percent rise in online ticket sales – this served as a safety net of sorts for the lottery.

“Our online play helps us create a better relationship with players. Those players go into retail stores and are more attracted to our products and more likely to play.”

Drew Svitko.

The lottery officials are still compiling the revenue report which will be released very soon but already, it is safe to say that things are looking up. There is definitely enough interest to keep the lottery gaming thus helping it achieve its mandate of helping older Pennsylvanians.

Latest Headlines

Pennsylvania Welcomes 4ThePlayer As Its Latest iGaming Provider

Fast-rising iGaming provider 4ThePlayer has recently received formal approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) to join the state’s rapidly expanding online casino sector. This important milestone enables 4ThePlayer to provide its captivating and inventive games to gamblers in Pennsylvania, contributing to its further expansion inside the US. Along with Connecticut, Michigan, and New […]

Pennsylvania State Gaming Board Targets Child Safety in Casinos with New Campaign

A new crackdown on child neglect and underage gambling has been unveiled by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), with an emphasis on making sure all gaming venues in the state are safe and following all regulations. To support these enforcement efforts, the PGCB has launched the “Don’t Gamble with Kids” public awareness campaign. Needless […]

Mohegan Digital Debuts New iGaming Option in Pennsylvania

Mohegan Digital, a pioneering force in the gambling industry, has recently unveiled its newest offering, an immersive online casino experience developed exclusively for the state of Pennsylvania. This marks yet another great development for the state’s lucrative iGaming sector. The launch is a triumph of ingenuity and complexity, and it was created under the capable […]

Online Gambling and Credit Card Debt Amid Pennsylvania’s Growth Streak

Pennsylvania State Senator Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) is advocating for stricter regulations on online gambling payment options, citing concerns about rising credit card debt among players. Now that online gaming and sports betting have joined Pennsylvania’s traditional brick-and-mortar casinos as part of the state’s gaming expansion, Fontana is spearheading a legislative effort to revise the regulations […]

Supremeland Makes US Market Debut with Pennsylvania License

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has granted an interim license to Supremeland, a prominent gaming provider, allowing it to join the US market for the first time. This interim license is a common step in obtaining a license in the lucrative Keystone State gaming market. Supremeland joins the ranks of other successful applicants who […]

Similar Stories in Gambling

Pennsylvania Welcomes 4ThePlayer As Its Latest iGaming Provider

Fast-rising iGaming provider 4ThePlayer has recently received formal approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) to join the state’s rapidly expanding online casino sector. This important milestone enables 4ThePlayer to provide its captivating and inventive games to gamblers in Pennsylvania, contributing to its further expansion inside the US. Along with Connecticut, Michigan, and New […]

Pennsylvania State Gaming Board Targets Child Safety in Casinos with New Campaign

A new crackdown on child neglect and underage gambling has been unveiled by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), with an emphasis on making sure all gaming venues in the state are safe and following all regulations. To support these enforcement efforts, the PGCB has launched the “Don’t Gamble with Kids” public awareness campaign. Needless […]

Online Gambling and Credit Card Debt Amid Pennsylvania’s Growth Streak

Pennsylvania State Senator Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) is advocating for stricter regulations on online gambling payment options, citing concerns about rising credit card debt among players. Now that online gaming and sports betting have joined Pennsylvania’s traditional brick-and-mortar casinos as part of the state’s gaming expansion, Fontana is spearheading a legislative effort to revise the regulations […]

Pennsylvania Shatters Records with $5.7 Billion in 2023 Gambling Revenue

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced a record-breaking $5.7 billion in revenue for the state of Pennsylvania in 2023, marking an important milestone for the gaming sector in the Keystone State. The astounding figure represents a substantial increase of 9.3 percent from the prior year and is complemented by a record-breaking tax income of 2.34 […]