Pennsylvania set to launch iLottery


The PA Department of Revenue (DOR) released a set of temporary regulations for online lottery games (iLotto) this week, laying the groundwork for a vertical that could become a big moneymaker for the state.

iLotto was perhaps one of the lesser-hyped pieces of an expansive gambling bill passed last fall, which also legalized Internet casinos, several satellite gaming venues and potentially sports betting. But unlike online gambling sites, which may not launch until November, online lottery is entirely controlled by the state, and should therefore get up and running much sooner.

Today’s announcement speeds up that timeline and gives PA gamblers a clearer picture of what they can expect from the state’s forthcoming iLotto products.

Pennsylvania’s relative iLottery framework will look similar to the one already in place in Michigan, which launched its own successful online lottery back in 2014. It already seems clear there will be some significant differences, however, especially in areas like game selection and eligibility.