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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: March 6, 2024 03:50 PM
From: Senator Wayne D. Fontana
To: All Senate members
Subject: Prohibiting the Use of Credit Cards for Online Gaming
March is “National Problem Gambling Awareness Month.” Often called a “gambling addiction” or “gambling disorder,” this behavior becomes a problem when an individual develops a strained relationships with loved ones, borrows money to gamble, gambles to experience a high or feeling, and misses work, school, or other activities and obligations in order to gamble.
Since the expansion of gaming to include online gaming and sports wagering, there is greater access to gambling which in turn increases the number of individuals who may develop a gambling disorder. In fact, over 36% of online gaming participants in the commonwealth reported at least one gambling problem according to the 2022 Online Gaming Report produced by Pennsylvania State University in coordination with the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs as well as the state’s Gaming Control Board.
Gambling and credit card debt often go hand in hand since this disorder can lead to financial problems that affect one’s ability to pay off debt. Therefore, I will be introducing legislation that would prohibit the use of credit cards for iLottery, online casino games, and sports betting and fantasy sports. With the average Pennsylvanian having a credit card balance that exceeds $5,640, online gaming should not be another scenario to accumulate more debt.
States that have already outlawed credit card use for online gambling include Iowa, Tennessee and Massachusetts. I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this consumer protection bill.

Introduced as SB1159