Problem Gambling Network of Ohio

Pennsylvania Lottery struggles to attract bets on virtual sports games

The Pennsylvania Lottery has more than 1,850 outlets with screens displaying virtual animated football and auto races. The odds of finding someone watching a bet play out on the simulated sports action is pretty low.

With a few exceptions, lottery licensees in the region report few customers are spending their time or money on the Xpress Sports games lottery officials introduced in August.

Xpress Football offers the chance to bet from $1 to $20 each on up to 16 possible outcomes — such as a touchdown run or a turnover — in a randomly generated offensive drive scenario.

In Xpress Car Racing, a player can win up to $250 per simulated race — the prize for correctly guessing the placement of three of the 12 competing cars.

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