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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 26, 2017 11:18 AM
From: Representative Tina M. Davis
To: All House members
Subject: Legislation Providing for Multi-State Progressive Slot Machine Jackpots
In the near future, I plan to reintroduce legislation from last session (House Bill 1214) that would amend Title 4 (Amusements) to allow for the implementation of multi-state progressive slot machines within the Commonwealth’s casinos. Increased jackpots generated from multi-state progressive slot machines may provide for a renewed interest in slot machine gambling. In addition, it could potentially provide individuals with an opportunity considerably larger winnings at the Commonwealth’s brick and mortar casinos.

This legislation would provide that each slot machine licensee may link a certain number (as prescribed by the Gaming Control Board) of slot machines with slot machines of the same type in other jurisdictions to progressively increase their jackpot until a winner is chosen. Under Title 4, a “Progressive System” is currently defined as a computerized system linking slot machines in one or more licensed facilities within this Commonwealth and offering one or more common progressive payouts based on the amounts wagered. This legislation would expand on this definition to include systems that are within this Commonwealth and in another state.

The Pennsylvania Lottery has experienced a renewed interest due to the opportunity to partake in multi-state jackpots, such as the Powerball and the Mega Millions. I believe that individuals visiting Pennsylvania’s casinos should be provided with the same opportunities

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation in order to better compete with Pennsylvania’s neighboring gaming states and providing our gaming enthusiasts with the same opportunities as our Lottery provides.

Introduced as HB794