Former Teacher Banned From PA Casinos For Leaving Toddler Unattended

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board placed a former teacher on the Involuntary Exclusion List for leaving her toddler alone at a PA Casino.

The problem of gamblers leaving children unattended at PA casinos remains top of mind with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. At the most recent meeting on March 22, the board added two more individuals to the Involuntary Exclusion List for leaving children alone in cars.

In 2022, the PGCB reported the highest number of incidents yet. Last year, there were 303 incidents of children left unattended while their guardian gambled at a Pennsylvania casino. Those incidents involved 486 minors.

The board updated the number of incidents that have occurred since the beginning of 2022. Through February 2023, they’ve recorded 331 incidents involving 522 minors. That’s 28 incidents involving 36 kids so far this year.

Former teacher hopes to return to job after incident

A previous school teacher, AT, left her 14-month-old unattended in her locked car at Valley Forge Casino on two occasions on the same day in 2021. AT left the child alone for 5 minutes, while she attempted to enter the casino and spoke on the phone outside the casino. Then, the child was left for 4 minutes while AT entered the casino and made an in-person deposit into her FanDuel Sportsbook online gaming account.

AT was met by a state trooper and casino security when she returned to her car. No criminal charges were filed.

The accused attended the hearing to plead her case, and requested lenience. She added that being on the Involuntary Exclusion List could be damaging to her reputation and career. She plans to return to teaching when her own kids reach school-age.

AT said she was taking advantage of a promotion that required an in-person deposit, and that she has no desire to gamble in the casino.

PGCB has zero tolerance for leaving children unattended at PA casinos

The Office of Hearings and Appeals recommended that AT be placed on the list, with an exclusion to permit her to petition for removal from the list after one year. At Wednesday’s meeting, the board rejected that idea, and simply voted to add AT to the list.

Chair of the board, Denise Smyler, said, “We are not inclined to agree with the Hearing Office’s recommendation.” She added, “You can always petition to come off the list; it doesn’t mean we’ll grant it.”

While the PGCB showed sympathy for AT and her remorse, it took a hard line by not softening the consequences. The board continues to take a zero-tolerance approach on the issue.

However, in a public comment segment of the meeting, former State Senate candidate Eric Epstein pointed out that casinos don’t pursue criminal charges for the offenses consistently. According to Epstein’s testimony, casinos take legal action against the offender only half of the time.

Are unattended child incidents declining this year?

In a more recent incident, a male patron, PP, left a 12-year-old in a running car at Presque Isle Downs. The child was left for 10 minutes while PP placed wagers at the sportsbook. The offender was not evicted from the property, and no criminal charges were filed. The board placed PP on the Involuntary Exclusion List at the latest meeting.

Back in January, the board added four individuals to the Involuntary Exclusion List for leaving children alone. Those left unattended included an infant, that was left in a food court with other children.

The reduction in the number of individuals banned over the last month could be a sign that increased awareness messaging is working.

As one board member pointed out, casinos now have signage in parking lots and garages warning patrons against leaving kids alone. In addition, the board launched an awareness campaign last year to combat the issue.

Many Pennsylvanians have seen the TV and radio PSAs, printed material and social media posts bringing attention to the issue. A website for the Don’t Gamble with Kids campaign serves as an awareness and resource hub, as well.

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PA Lottery Debuts New Games And A Spring Second Chance Drawing

New PA Lottery tickets celebrate April’s National Pet Month and Mother’s Day. A new Second Chance Drawing is now open for entries, too.

The PA Lottery has released new games in anticipation of Mother’s Day and National Pet Month coming up this spring. The most exciting new PA Lottery tickets include a scratch-off with a $3 million top prize and Fast Play games offering progressive jackpots.

Some new tickets can be entered into the Paw-some Second Chance Drawing for a chance to win up to $10,000, for those who are signed up for the PA iLottery.

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New PA Lottery scratch-offs offer up to $3 million in top prizes

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Yet another $3 million top prize scratch-off joins the PA Lottery’s instant game lineup. The title $3 Million Mega Stacks was just released on March 21, and offers five top prizes. Tickets with a $3 million top prize cost $30.

Match one of your numbers to one of the winning numbers and win the prize shown. Every prize under your numbers has a Megaplier that multiplies the prize by up to 50x. A separate bonus game offers another chance at prizes and adds an automatic $100 to any prize won through it.

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The new Queen of Moms scratcher will make a number of moms happy this season, with its ten top prizes of $100,000. At only $5, it makes a nice addition to any gift basket on Mother’s Day.

It’s a simple match game, with a possible “Mom” symbol that wins the prize shown under the symbol automatically. Revealing a queen symbol will bring a nice payday, winning all 12 prizes shown on the ticket.

May is also National Pet Month, and the PA Lottery is commemorating it with the Doggy Dough and Kitty Cash tickets. The $5 tickets offer ten top prizes of $200,000. That’ll buy a lot of treats for your furry friend!

The two tickets share a prize pool, and each features animal-specific symbols. The Dog Food and Cat Food bowl areas offer a chance to win all 12 prizes on the ticket by revealing a “Dogs Rule” or “Cats Rule” symbol.

Two other tickets were also released on March 21:

  • Scratch and Win – A $10 ticket with ten top prizes of $500,000
  • Gimme 5 – A $1 ticket with ten top prizes of $5,000

New spring Fast Play games feature progressive jackpots

A number of Fast Play games are new for March and April. Several of them feature progressive jackpots, which allow for higher

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and higher top prizes throughout the lifetime of the game. So far this year, two Fast Play jackpots have hit for over $1 million, and two more have hit for over $500,000.

The newest Fast Play games with progressive prizes are Money Stash and Ladder Loot.

Money Stash has a ticket cost of $10 and the jackpot starts at $150,000. When someone hits that jackpot, the game will reset to $150,000 for a second round. Once the jackpot is won twice, the game will end.

Ladder Loot is a more affordable game at $2, and has a progressive jackpot that starts at $10,000. As of March 24, the prize was up to $18,995. Ladder Loot will also reset for a second jackpot round. Use the PA Lottery site to track Fast Play jackpots.

New $5 Fast Play games are eligible to be entered into the Paw-some Second Chance Drawing. Bad to the Bone and Feline Fine are the Fast Play version of the pet-themed tickets. The games offer two top prizes of $75,000.

Another Fast Play game with a progressive jackpot is coming soon, along with a Mother’s Day-themed ticket.

These games come out on April 4:

  • Ca$h Wanted ($20)
  • Best Mom in the World ($5)
  • Pizza Dough Doubler ($1)

Pet-themed tickets eligible for PA Lottery Second Chance Drawing

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The new Paw-some Second Chance Drawing is open for entries until May 4. Three winners will receive the top prizes of $10,000. Winners will be announced on the PA Lottery website on May 19.

Use the PA Lottery mobile app to scan your non-winning pet-themed tickets for entries into the drawing. Each non-winning $5 Bad to the Bone and Feline Fine Fast Play ticket, and each $5 Doggy Dough and Kitty Cash scratch-off is worth five entries into the drawing.

There are separate drawings for scratch-offs and Fast Play tickets. The prizes will be as follows:

Fast Play prizes

  • One winner: $10,000
  • Two winners: $5,000
  • Four winners: $2,500
  • Fifty winners: $100 online play bonus money

Scratch-off prizes

  • Two winners: $10,000
  • Five winners: $5,000
  • Ten winners: $2,500
  • Fifty winners: $100 online play bonus money

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PA Casinos Provide Promos And Specials For St. Patrick’s Day

Hit PA casinos this St. Patrick’s Day for special drawings that offer bonus slot play, cash prizes and more.

There’s no better time to celebrate all things Irish than on a Friday night. PA casinos might be the perfect place to harness the luck of the Irish while trying to win some green this St. Patrick’s Day.

The notable holiday is this Friday, March 17, and some PA casinos are celebrating with events and special deals for visitors.

St. Patrick’s Day promos at Pennsylvania casinos

Parx Casino Lucky Leprechaun Sweepstakes

First up is Parx Casino, where visitors can enter the Lucky Leprechaun Sweepstakes for a chance to win $10,000 in free slot play.

Players can earn entries any day through March 17 by using their loyalty card at any slot machine. Then on Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., a winner will be selected every 15 minutes to play the claw machine in the main lobby.

Prizes up for grabs include three prizes of $5,000 cash and up to $10,000 in free slot play.

In addition, Parx is throwing a St. Patty’s Day celebration concert at 360 with Turning The Tide. The band features members of FUEL and Breaking Benjamin. Tickets are $10 at the door, and show time is 9:00 p.m.

Live! Casino Philadelphia slot bonuses

A promotion at Live! Casino Philadelphia will award a share of $18,000 in free slot play to 40 total winners. To be eligible, earn 25 Tier Credits by using your Live! Rewards card starting at 3:00 p.m. on Friday.

Winners will be selected every half hour from 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. You’ll need to be actively playing, with your rewards card, during the drawings to win.

The casino also promises festive fun at Center Bar this St. Patrick’s Day with Jameson and Bud Light specials, samples and giveaways. Patrons will enjoy live music from Gypsy Wisdom and DJ Joey Dino.

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Across the state at Live! Casino Pittsburgh, 30 winners will get a chance to spin a prize wheel to win from $250$7,000 in free play.

Each guest will receive one free entry on Friday, and can earn more entries by using their Live! Rewards card. Every 50 tier credits earned on Friday returns one entry. Earn tier points between 6:00 a.m. and 6:59 p.m. You can activate your entries starting at 1:00 p.m.

Five winners will be drawn every hour from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the mall entrance.

Green beer tops the list of St. Patrick’s Day drink specials at Live!. Other drink specials will include Jell-O shots, specialty cocktails and well whiskey drinks.

Wind Creek Casino offers deals March 17

Wind Creek Casino is running an extended promotion on Fridays through March. Guests can get a chance to win a share of $4,000 in free slot play on the remaining Fridays, March 17 and 24.

Prizes are awarded on those days at:

  • 11:00 a.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.
  • 3:00 p.m.
  • 5:00 p.m.

To be eligible, earn 25 tier-points from 6:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Guests must have their rewards card inserted into a slot machine when the drawing commences in order to win. Four winners at each drawing will get $250 in free slot play.

Hollywood Casino at the Meadows St. Patrick’s giveaway

The racetrack at Hollywood Casino at the Meadows will have live harness racing starting at 12:45 p.m., where guests can try their luck in the Pot of Gold Giveaway. Guests can pick a coin for a chance to win a $2, $5 or $50 betting voucher.

Stop by the St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the H Lounge, which will feature the Bastard Bearded Irishmen.

Mount Airy Casino Resort free mug

Visitors to Mount Airy Casino can take home a souvenir from their night of fun, but they’ll have to earn some rewards points first.

From 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., earn 500 points and swipe your player’s card at a promotional kiosk to get a gift pickup voucher. Redeem the voucher at the promotions desk for a free St. Patrick’s Day beer mug, while supplies last.

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PA Lottery Winners Earn Nearly $200 Million On February Scratch-Offs

PA Lottery players have been awarded millions in prizes recently, with scratch-offs totaling almost $200 million alone last month.

In the month that is usually the slowest for the PA Lottery, players did quite well in February.

PA Lottery players took home several prizes over $1 million from scratch-offs, Powerball and other draw games recently. Scratch-offs alone accounted for almost $200 million in PA Lottery prizes last month.

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Scratch-off players claimed $197 million in prizes last month, according to the PA Lottery. That’s about average for February, but less than most other months.

The biggest news and quantity was the top prize of $5 million won by a player in Monroe County. That lucky player bought one of the two remaining winners on the $5 Million Money Maker. That game was PA’s first $50 ticket, released at the end of 2021 to celebrate the lottery’s 50th anniversary.

Weis Markets at 933 North 9th Street in Stroudsburg sold the winning ticket. The retailer was awarded a $10,000 bonus for making the sale.

Surprisingly, only one other scratch-off prize hit $1 million last month. A player in Wayne County hit that $1 million prize on Millionaire Bucks, a $20 ticket.

Tri-State Tobacco at 46 Wellwood Avenue in Hawley sold the winner and earned a $5,000 bonus.

A whole lot of $500,000 prizes contributed to the big numbers last month. Other notable prizes awarded were:

  • Seven prizes of $500,000
  • Three prizes of $250,000
  • Seven prizes of $200,000
  • Twelve prizes of $100,000

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Just this week, another lucky player won some cold cash. Winter might be winding down, but the $3 Million Snow Bank ticket was hot for a player in Philadelphia. The player claimed their $3 million top prize.

Sunny Cigarette at 6447 Sackett Street was rewarded with a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

$3 Million Snow Bank is a $30 ticket that still has some top prizes of $3 million remaining.

Don’t forget, all scratch-off prizes expire one year from the game’s end-sale date. Winners of any major prizes should immediately sign the back of their ticket and give the lottery a call at 1-800-692-7481.

PA players hit soaring draw game jackpots

The most recent Cash 5 with Quick Cash drawing to award the jackpot prize was on March 6. A single ticket matched all five numbers drawn, 2-3-5-25-27, to win $600,000 before taxes.

The winner might not yet be known. The ticket was sold at Stroud Smoke Shop, 1115 North 9th Street, in Stroudsburg.

PA Lottery’s draw games like Cash 5 do occasionally hit the $1 million mark, or higher. Just a month ago a PA Lottery player hit the jackpot for over $1.4 million. On Tuesday, Feb. 7, a ticket sold at a Sheetz store in Scranton matched all five balls drawn, 6-13-19-32-37, to win $1,483,407.50 before taxes.

Winners can only be identified after they claim their prize and have their tickets validated. The lottery only knows the location where the ticket was sold. Cash 5 prizes expire one year after the drawing date.

Pennsylvania is on a roll with Powerball wins

Last month, after a player in Washington hit the big Powerball jackpot, PA tickets were winning big prizes.

The largest Powerball prize in PA last month was $2 million. A ticket sold in Cambria County for the Wednesday, Feb. 22 drawing matched the first five numbers drawn. The winning numbers were 11-19-39-44-65, Powerball 7. The Power Play ticket add-on multiplied the usual $1 million prize for matching five numbers.

Forest Hills Pharmacy at 552 Locust Street in Saint Michael sold the winning ticket and received a $10,000 bonus commission from the PA Lottery.

A ticket sold in Wayne County for the Feb. 11 drawing also matched the first five numbers and won $1 million. In all, four PA players won prizes of $100,000 or more last month.

So far in March, one player has hit $150,000 on Powerball in the state. That win happened on Saturday, March 4. A ticket sold in Lehigh County matched four of the five white balls, plus the red Powerball. The Power Play option came through again, tripling the usual $50,000 prize.

A 7-Eleven store, located at 5052 Cetronia Road in Wescosville, sold the winning ticket and earned a $500 bonus.

PA iLottery players also hit big jackpots

The PA Lottery’s online gaming platform, iLottery, features many instant games. Some of them offer progressive jackpots that continue to grow until someone wins them. The games work similar to online slot games offered by PA online casinos.

One such progressive jackpot got a winner this month. A player from Venango County hit the prize on Premier Jackpot, winning $268,312 before withholding.

Premier Jackpot is a connect-style instant game that features a chance to reveal multipliers and free games. Players have a chance at the game’s one progressive jackpot when they unlock the premier bonus game.

Another recent online win went to a player in Franklin County. That player won $125,973 playing Ca$tle Quest.

Ca$tle Quest is another connect-style game that features 10x prize multipliers and two different bonus games.

Premier Jackpot and Castle Quest PA iLottery Games

PA residents can play the lottery’s online games on a computer, tablet or mobile device. Online tickets are also available for Powerball, Mega Millions, Treasure Hunt, Cash4life, Match 6 Lotto and the PICK games.

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Eight PA Casino Patrons Land On Involuntary Exclusion List In February

The PGCB recently added several names to the Involuntary Exclusion List in February, as some PA casino guests cheated and stole last month.

While generally safe, PA casinos see a lot of action. Money is won, money is lost and alcohol is served. When you have these conditions, sometimes 24 hours a day, incidents involving crime are bound to happen.

One such incident, according to recent reports out of central PA, involved a patron that shattered the screen of a video slot machine. Hollywood Casino York security told police that the 60-year-old Elizabethtown man was playing slots when he slammed his fist into the machine’s screen and shattered it.

Perhaps the guest was expressing frustration over losing money on the game, but he’s out at least another $1,800 in damage caused to the machine.

In addition, eight other PA casino players recently found themselves placed on the state’s Involuntary Exclusion List.

PGCB adds more PA casino patrons to the Involuntary Exclusion List

On occasion, casino guests get busted for cheating, stealing and disorderly conduct. Furthermore, PA casinos saw an uptick in patrons leaving minors unattended in their vehicles or other areas while they gambled in casinos last year.

These and other unsavory activities can land casino patrons on PA’s Involuntary Exclusion List, barring them from gambling in the state at all.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) had their monthly meeting on Feb. 22 and added more casino patrons to the list.

The latest additions to the lists involve some typical cheating violations and petty theft, along with a couple of more serious offenses. Being added to the Involuntary Exclusion List doesn’t necessarily mean the offender was criminally charged.

Recent thefts at PA casinos

Visitors to casinos should know that finding a casino voucher on the floor and cashing it in as your own is a crime. However, this is a pretty common theft seen at casinos.

  • A male patron with initials JT stole a cell phone from another patron at Rivers Casino Philadelphia, and stole another phone and a voucher at Live! Casino Philadelphia. JT cashed the voucher at the main cage, but was later stopped by security. The phones and cash were returned in both cases, and charges were filed in the Live! Philadelphia incident. JT was banned from the casinos.
  • A female patron, AR, took $500 that was mistakenly left behind by another patron at a ticket redemption machine at Mount Airy Casino. AR was charged with theft.

Several recent cases of cheating at PA casinos

  • A male patron, DP, who previously worked as a security officer at Rivers Casino Philadelphia had two incidents. The blackjack player cheated and colluded with another patron at Rivers Philadelphia. DP past-posted a bet on another patron’s wager. That patron then slid chips to DP after being paid by the dealer. DP also past-posted bets at Valley Forge and was evicted from the property without being criminally charged.
  • Male patron SR capped and pinched wagers at Live! Casino Philadelphia a total of 14 times while playing blackjack. The cheating caused the casino a loss of $425.
  • Male patron SW past-posted, capped and pinched wagers while playing blackjack at Harrah’s Casino Philadelphia. The cheating caused a $225 loss to the casino. SW was charged with four violations of the Gaming Act.

PA online casino bettor initiated unwarranted charge backs

Male online casino patron, GW, falsely reported to PlayLive Casino that another individual illegally used his identity and banking information to fund an iGaming account under his name.

GW then attempted to make credit card charge backs to the company. However, a review of the situation showed that the majority of the account’s usage and previous customer service interactions came from the same IP address. GW previously pulled the same scam on betParx.

Excessive alcohol led to reckless behavior and assault

  • Male patron TP was ejected from Hollywood Casino at Penn National for being overly intoxicated. When he left, he ignored casino security and proceeded to drive off the premises, hitting a parked car and causing damage on his way out. TP pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and operating a vehicle without inspection.
  • Male patron JS assaulted another guest and a casino employee at Live! Casino Pittsburgh, and threatened the employee with a knife. JS was arrested and charged with simple assault and tampering with evidence.

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PokerStars Casino PA Divine Fortune Jackpot Tops $555K

The Divine Fortune online slot offered by PokerStars Casino just broke the platform’s record for largest progressive jackpot.

PokerStars was the first online poker site in Pennsylvania, but its popular PA online casino is also making lots of noise in the industry. The operator’s very popular Divine Fortune slot just had its progressive jackpot exceed $555,000 in the Keystone State.

Let’s take a closer look at this massive payout and some of the other most popular titles at the online casino.

PokerStars Casino Divine Fortune jackpot breaks record

PokerStars online casino offers its own appeal aside from poker. The site’s Divine Fortune online slot game recently had a progressive jackpot soar over $555,000, shattering the previous record on the platform.

Divine Fortune is one of the most popular slots in the whole industry, and can also be found on retail casino floors. However, PokerStars offers a number of entertaining slots with high Return to Player rates (RTP).

The most popular games at PokerStars Casino PA right now

Divine Fortune

This progressive jackpot slot is the most popular in PA. Divine Fortune can be found on several PA online casinos. Along with the progressive Mega Jackpot, two smaller jackpots are also up for grabs in this game.

Anyone can get in on the fun with a 20 cent minimum per spin, and the maximum bet is $100. Aside from the progressive jackpot, the maximum payout on the game is $200,000.

The oftentimes huge jackpot isn’t the game’s only draw. A high RTP of 96.6%, coupled with a medium volatility rating make this game a winner.

The game is so popular, a Barstool employee got the iconic Pegasus from the game tattooed on his leg.


Starburst is a retro-meets-modern online slot that features five reels, three rows and 10 fixed paylines. Don’t underestimate the simplicity of this classic online slot. It debuted in 2012 and still remains popular.

The graphics, sounds and music combine to make a fun, immersive game. Classic symbols like the lucky 7 and BAR give a familiar touch to the space-age game interface.

The high RTP of 96.1% and a low volatility can potentially keep a player entertained for a while. Starburst is a great game for low stakes players or high rollers alike. The minimum bet per spin is only 10 cents, while the maximum is $200.


Take a walk on the wild side with the online slot version of the nostalgic adventure story, Jumanji. There’s lots to love, from the jungle sounds and mysterious music, to the signature game board that comes alive in ways you won’t expect.

As far as game play, Jumanji features five reels and 36 fixed paylines. The minimum bet per spin is 10 cents and the maximum is $200. As with all NetEnt slot games, Jumanji features an above average RTP at 96.33%.

Unlike the board game in the story and movies, there’s no true danger at hand when playing the popular PA online slot. The game offers low-to-medium volatility with plenty of upside.

Gonzo’s Quest

Legend has it, there was a city of gold, lost to time, which explorers tried in vain to find. The fictional Gonzo is one such explorer, and in this game he’s your partner in the search for your own fortune.

Gonzo’s Quest features five reels, three rows and 20 fixed paylines, along with plenty of multipliers and other special features.

Like the other NetEnt games, this one sports a 96.1% RTP, but the medium-to-high volatility rating sets this game apart from the pack. The journey to the lost city of riches is not for the faint of heart.

However, the minimum bet is only 20 cents, and the maximum is $50, opening the door for even the novice pioneer to seek their treasure.

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Aruze Gaming Approved To Debut New Pennsylvania Online Casino

Aruze Gaming is the newest Pennsylvania online casino provider to gain licensing in the state after getting approved by the PGCB.

Another new operator will soon be coming to PA online casinos, now that the state approved its latest gaming provider. Aruze Gaming announced recently that the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board gave approval for the company to launch its online casino in the Keystone State.

Pennsylvania is the second state to approve the European company’s iGaming platform. Aruze gained approval to operate in New Jersey last month, where it currently offers over 30 online slot titles.

Aruze to launch PA online casino

Azure offers video and mechanical slots, enhanced table games and more for casinos all over the world. The company was previously approved to offer its brick-and-mortar casino games in the state.

Now, it has plans to expand more into the online space.

Though only six states have legalized online casino gaming, Aruze sees the iGaming category as an important area for growth. The company just gained approval to operate in Malta, and aims to launch in the U.K. this month, as well.

According to a press release, Aruze said they will continue to target online casino growth as well as brick-and-mortar growth in 2023. It is also expanding in Europe, Canada and Latin America.

“We firmly believe that the future of casino gaming is not a ‘winner-takes-all’ between iGaming and brick-and-mortar. Successful casino gaming is actually a blend of the two; and, at Aruze, we’re making this blend our top priority for 2023.” said Kurt Hansen, Aruze’s vice president of iGaming.

Aruze Gaming sees benefits of online casino industry

Hansen sees the convenience of iGaming as a stopgap for gamers who don’t have a retail casino nearby. But he also sees iGaming as an avenue for innovation.

“Not everyone who loves gambling has the luxury of a casino being down the street from them, and that’s where we come in. While players will still travel to search out the lights and sounds of the casino floor, Pennsylvanians will now also have the option of playing right at home,” Hansen said in a statement.

When Hansen joined Aruze in August last year, he stated his plans to bring something new to the table.

“There is so much room for innovation in gaming, specifically online gaming, and I’m excited to build off of Aruze’s current momentum and bring their innovative products to the iGaming space,” he said in a release.

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PA Lottery Releases New Scratch-Off Games And St. Patrick’s Second Chance Drawing

St. Patrick’s Day-themed PA Lottery scratch-offs are in stores now. A new Second Chance Drawing also opened, offering $17,000 in top prizes.

With Valentine’s Day in the rearview, the PA Lottery has released St. Patrick’s Day-themed scratch-offs and Fast Play games. The new games are eligible for a Second Chance Drawing that will award eight top prizes of $17,000.

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The first new scratch-off, Lucky 7, isn’t eligible for the Second Chance Drawing, but it does offer the largest top prize. A Lucky 7 ticket costs $10 and offers 10 top prizes of $500,000.

The match-style game offers 15 chances to match any of six winning numbers. Reveal a “7” symbol to win the prize shown instantly, or a “7X” symbol to win seven times the prize shown. A gold coin symbol wins $70, and a “Lucky” symbol wins all the prizes shown.

Players seeking their pot of gold can also try Under the Rainbow, a $5 game that offers 10 top prizes of $100,000. Under the Rainbow features two bonus possibilities above the main play area.

The Pot of Gold bonus game offers a chance to reveal a leprechaun symbol to win an additional prize. Multiply any prizes won when the Cloud Bonus area reveals a 5X symbol.

A rainbow symbol in the main play area wins all the prizes shown.

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A non-winning Under the Rainbow ticket earns five entries into the In The Clover Second Chance Drawing. Two more new scratchers are also Second Chance eligible. They are:

  • Leprechaun’s Gold, a $2 ticket offering 10 top prizes of $17,000
  • Clover Patch Match, a $1 ticket offering 10 top prizes of $1,700

Will a new PA Lottery Fast Play game be your golden ticket?

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New Fast Play games are also eligible for the latest Second Chance Drawing. Fast Play games print on demand at a lottery retailer. Ask for them at the counter or buy one at a self-service terminal.

The Hunt 4 Green is a $5 game that offers two top prizes of $40,000. The ticket offers 12 chances to match any of the five winning numbers.

A clover symbol in the main play area wins four times the prize shown. A Hunt 4 Gold bonus game gives players a chance to win $17 instantly, if four gold coins appear in the main play area.

The other Second Chance eligible Fast Play games are:

  • Find the Leprechaun, a $2 game offering two top prizes of $17,000
  • Shamrock Search, a $1 game offering two top prizes of $1,700

Another new Fast Play game, Extreme Winning, is not Second Chance eligible. The $20 ticket offers two top prizes of $300,000.

Extreme Winning is packed with multipliers, offering a multiplier ranging from 1x to 5x for each column of “your numbers.” A separate Extreme 10x Bonus game offers a chance to win 10 times any prize won above, or an additional prize.

Fast Play tickets also include a voucher for online bonus money to play a featured instant game at the PA iLottery.

Second Chance Drawing now accepting entries

The PA Lottery’s In the Clover Second Chance Drawing is now open. Players can enter eligible scratch-off and Fast Play tickets until Thursday, March 23. Enter your tickets at the lottery website or mobile app.

PA Lottery St. Patrick's Day second chance drawing

Scratch-off and Fast Play tickets are entered into two separate drawing pools.

The prizes for the scratch-off drawing are as follows:

  • Top four prizes of $17,000
  • Seven prizes of $3,000
  • 13 prizes of $1,700
  • 50 prizes of $100 online play bonus money

The Fast Play drawing will award the following prizes:

  • Top four prizes of $17,000
  • Three prizes of $3,000
  • Seven prizes of $1,700
  • 50 prizes of $100 online play bonus money

Winners will be announced on April 6 on the PA Lottery site. The lottery will notify winners via email and with a notification in their iLottery account.

The previous Second Chance Drawing, With Love, is now closed for entries. Results will be announced on March 6.

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What To Expect From The Newly Approved Bally’s State College Casino

SC Gaming shared its plans for the new Bally’s mini-casino coming to State College PA. What might the Nittany Mall Casino look like?

The ongoing saga concerning the planned Bally’s Casino in State College seems to be coming to a conclusion. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) finally awarded a Category 4 slot machine license during the Jan. 25 meeting to SC Gaming OpCo, LLC, who plans to open the Pennsylvania casino.

SC Gaming’s owner, Ira Lubert, provided an application that included plans to open the State College casino in a 94,000-square-foot space that used to house a Macy’s department store at Nittany Mall.

Let’s take a look at what bettors should expect to find at the latest PA mini-casino.

Bally’s Nittany Mall Casino will include slots, table games and more

During the final licensing hearing, representatives of SC Gaming OpCo presented plans for the $127.6 million development of the Nittany Mall Casino. A Category 4 license is primarily for slot machines, though the plans include much more.

The license allows the holder to “petition for permission to operate up to 30 table games for an additional fee of $2.5 million with the capability of adding an additional 10 tables games after its first year of operation,” according to a PGCB press release.

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Bally’s PA table games pit view rendering. Image: SC Gaming

Indeed, SC Gaming plans to offer table games from the get-go. The presentation showed that the new Bally’s Casino will include the following:

  • 750 slot machines
  • 30 table games
  • A retail sportsbook
  • A sports bar and restaurant with stage for live music
  • Quick serve food and beverage outlets

The new casino won’t open this year. Once begun, SC Gaming estimates construction to take about 12 months to complete.

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Bally’s PA slots floor rendering. Image: SC Gaming

State College Casino moving ahead despite challenges

The PCGB has not walked back its initial decision to award the license to Lubert. But competitor Cordish Gaming filed a legal petition in Commonwealth Court, under the business name Stadium Gaming, seeking to overturn the license. The court will eventually rule on the petition, but the PGCB and SC Gaming are moving forward.

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Bally’s PA main entrance rendering. Image: SC Gaming

The licensing process began over two years ago when Lubert won a Category 4 auction that gave him the right to apply for the license.

The challenge by Cordish Gaming claimed that Lubert’s bid was partially funded by persons or entities who are not eligible to bid on the license. Cordish was the second-highest bidder in the license auction, and currently owns Live! Casino Philadelphia.

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An Infant Among Minors Left Unattended At PA Casinos Last Month

An infant was among several children left unattended at PA casinos recently. The PGCB added four people to the Involuntary Exclusion List.

Gamblers leaving children unattended continues to be a problem at PA casinos. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board added four more individuals to the Involuntary Exclusion List for that specific offense. The list bars those patrons from entering or gambling at PA casinos indefinitely.

In a particularly egregious offense, a male casino patron left an infant and other children unattended for over an hour.

While it’s not a new problem, it is a growing one. The addition and expansion of PA casinos, along with additional betting options, has resulted in an increase in incidents. The PGCB counted the highest number of cases yet in 2022.

In a press release, the PGCB updated the number of incidents from the last 12 months. Last year, there were 303 cases of adults leaving children unattended while gambling at Pennsylvania casinos. Those incidents involved 486 minors.

Additions to the PGCB Involuntary Exclusion List

  • A male patron, AGG, left five children in the food court of Valley Forge Casino Resort for an hour and 12 minutes. The other children included an infant, a one-year-old, a nine-year-old, a 10-year-old and a 14-year-old.
  • A male patron, MM, left a 12-year-old unattended in a vehicle in the parking lot of Valley Forge for five minutes while gambling at the sportsbook.
  • A male patron, ZJ, left a 13-year-old unattended in a vehicle in the Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack’s parking garage for 15 minutes while gambling at the sportsbook. The man initially attempted to bring the child into the casino, but security turned them away.
  • A female patron, SS, left a two-year-old and a 14-year-old unattended in a vehicle in the parking lot of Mohegan Pennsylvania Casino for over two hours while she gambled at slot machines.

According to the press release, two female adults who were placed on the list in 2020 requested to be removed. The PGCB denied their requests. The board placed the two on the list for separate incidents involving a total of three children left unattended.

PGCB tackling the problem with an awareness campaign

The problem has become so serious in PA that the PGCB launched the “Don’t Gamble with Kidsawareness campaign. It consists of TV and radio spots, printed material and social media posts bringing attention to the issue. The campaign’s website,, features lots of information and resources for how to help.

Adults who leave kids unattended can be charged with crimes, including endangering the welfare of children or more serious offenses. Of course, the main concern is the safety of children involved.

The PGCB’s Executive Director, Kevin O’Toole, reiterated this notion in a November press release, saying:

“More important than any liability faced by these adults, however, is the safety of these children. The welfare and safety of the minors is at the heart of the Board’s campaign and all adults should consider this before deciding to leave a child unattended.”

In addition to the many reasons why most adults wouldn’t leave children unattended in the presence of strangers, less obvious dangers abound. Left in automobiles, children are susceptible to extreme temperatures, whether in winter or summer months.

According to the PA Department of Health, heatstroke is the second-leading cause of vehicle-related deaths for children. Only actual crashes have caused more deaths.

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