The Pennsylvania Lottery is in the midst of a barnstorming tour in Steel City.
The state lottery organization on Tuesday kicked off a one-week, four-stop tour through Pittsburgh, a series of events that will conclude Sunday, in an attempt to promote its new form of online gambling: iLottery.
PA Lottery takes to The ‘Burgh
As part of a 2017 gambling expansion bill, PA Lottery soft-launched PA iLottery last month. Now, those games are being taken to a handful of stadiums in Pittsburgh.
The tour began with a stop at an alt-J concert at Stage AE on Tuesday and continues this weekend with visits to PNC Park for a pair of Pirates baseball games Friday and Sunday sandwiching a trip to Highmark Stadium for a Riverhounds match of the United Soccer League.
Kiosks for iLottery will be open from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at PNC Park, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Highmark, and 10 a.m. t0 12:30 p.m. Sunday back at PNC.
The public is invited to play demo versions of the 11 iLottery games. You can sign up to play online and receive $5 in free plays. Games include:
- Big Money Slingo
- Big Foot Reveal
- Cash in the Lamp
- CashBuster Towers
- Crossword Cash
- Foxin’ Wins Reveal
- Monster Wins Reveal
- Robin Hood Reveal
- Super CashBuster
- Super Gems
- Volcano Reveal
All 11 iLottery games, which offer up to $250,000 in winnings, are available for play online via computer or tablet and on the PA Lottery app.
Keystone State continues to move forward
As the seventh state in the country to offer online lottery games, Pennsylvania has been actively trying to attract a younger audience through its games. The goal is to generate another $30 million for the PA Lottery.
“As we reflect on 46 great years, we’re hard at work to build the Pennsylvania Lottery of the future,” Drew Svitko, executive director of PA Lottery, said in a March release. “In coming months, we’ll launch an iLottery online gaming platform and new types of draw games that will help us to modernize our business and generate new funds to benefit older Pennsylvanians.”
Along with iLottery, the state lottery also offers Keno. On the way is virtual sports sports, which is expected to launch this month to make PA Lottery the first state entity to make it available. Virtual sports games would include fictional sports events, such as horse racing, with odds and bets resembling those found and made at real sportsbooks.
In October, Gov. Tom Wolf noted that virtual sports alone could result in $75 million to the Pennsylvania Lottery over the next five years.
On top of it all is implementation of legalized sports betting, which Pennsylvania has been ahead of, as the 2017 gambling expansion bill included single-game wagering.