At the end of 2016, a group of Pennsylvania operators/vendors got together with a group of Illinois terminal operators and formed the PA Video Gaming Association (PAVGA). The sole purpose of the PAVGA was to legalize operator based video gaming terminals (VGTs) in liquor licensed establishments, thus supporting small business, the local economy and providing meaningful revenue to the Commonwealth of PA, as well as local municipalities and counties.
Once fully implemented in Pennsylvania, VGTs were expected to generate over 1.1 Billion Dollars in total revenue and over 400 Million Dollars to the Commonwealth. The proposed legislation would have allowed up to 40,000 VGTs, while eliminating an estimated 15,000 to 35,000 illegal (“gray area”) games in Pennsylvania. It is estimated that 7500 liquor-licensed establishments would have taken advantage of this new and substantial revenue stream.
Legislation legalizing operator based VGTs in liquor licensed establishments has received little support from both the PA legislature and the governor. Fortunately, H. Lazar & Son, Inc. has an alternative, skill-based game available. Click on PA Skill Games for more information.
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