States Bet On Virtual Sports To Boost Lottery Revenue

The Pennsylvania Lottery brings in $1bn in profits each year, but Governor Tom Wolf hopes to boost that figure by rolling out lottery-operated virtual sports terminals at retail outlets as well as bars and taverns statewide.

Adding betting on animated versions of horse racing, soccer or football watched on monitors could raise an additional $75m over the next five years, the governor said.

Introduced about 15 years ago, virtual sports games are popular in betting shops in the UK and have begun a limited rollout at William Hill sports books in Nevada. 

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