Regulatory Issues

Pennsylvania: Rev. Sandra Strauss: Lawmakers should clamp down on illegal gambling

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There is no question that Pennsylvania is under siege from an out-of-control explosion of illegal gambling that is occurring in gas stations, convenience stores, corner stores and pizza parlors where teens gather.   Currently, there are at least 15,000 so-called “skilled games” machines in operation in communities across the state. Despite the catchy name, these are nothing more than slot machines, and they are hurting children, seniors and our communities.   These devices accept $100 bills and advertise payouts in excess of $1,000. There are virtually zero safeguards to stop minors from using these machines. Pennsylvania State Police officials have flatly stated that “illegal gambling is not a victimless crime,” and we are seeing evidence of that daily.

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AGEM and AGA announce partnership to combat Unregulated Gaming Machines In U.S.

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 "The spread of unregulated gaming machines represents a serious threat to the overall regulated market that has invested billions in infrastructure while also creating thousands of jobs and substantial tax benefits in the communities they serve. Moreover, unregulated machines prey on confused players who see slot machine symbols and think they're getting a fair chance when they absolutely are not,  said AGEM Executive Director Marcus Prater"

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The world may never know who won a $202 million lottery jackpot

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law in January that allows lottery winners to stay anonymous. Former Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the legislation during his tenure in 2013, arguing that it would "undermine the transparency that provides taxpayers confidence in the integrity of the lottery and its games," according to nj.com

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