The Pennsylvania Lottery will be expanding its product portfolio in fiscal 2018 to include iLottery games, virtual sports monitor games and Keno. The lottery marked its 46th anniversary on March 15.
“As we reflect on 46 great years, we’re hard at work to build the Pennsylvania Lottery of the future,” said Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. “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.”
Planned for launch in May, iLottery games will offer players located in Pennsylvania a new way to play and win from a mobile device or computer. The lottery will also begin selling Keno in May. Virtual sports monitor games, expected to launch in June, will show simulated sporting events that depict the outcome of random computerized drawings.
Traditional draw games, scratch-offs and Fast Play games will not be sold through iLottery at launch, but will continue to be available at more than 9,400 retail locations.
“Adding iLottery games, Keno and virtual sports monitor games will help us to remain competitive in a rapidly changing business climate, but lottery games sold at retail will remain the foundation of our business and generate the majority of funds to benefit older Pennsylvanians,” Svitko added.
These planned developments are the latest major steps in a decades-long evolution of the Pennsylvania Lottery, which started with just one game (a 50-cent passive game).
“We’re excited to develop new types of games that will bolster support for programs that benefit older Pennsylvanians,” Svitko said. “We know that future generations of seniors will be counting on us to be there to help.”