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20 video gaming terminal establishments brought in over $1.2 million to Pennsylvania

7 January 2020

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) announced today that at the end of 2019 there were a total of 100 Video Gaming Terminals (VGTs) at 20 qualified truck stops operating in the Commonwealth that generated over $1.2 million in tax revenue.

All of the locations thus far are offering the gaming under two licensed VGT operators, Marquee by Penn, LLC (15 establishments) and Commonwealth Gaming, LLC (5 establishments). Each of the 20 locations have the maximum of 5 VGTs in operation.

The process to open VGT establishments begins with the PGCB conducting onsite inspections of establishments that have applied to ensure that they adhere to the essential elements under the Gaming Expansion Act prior to approval by the Board for licensing. These are truck stops which:

(1) are equipped with diesel islands used for fueling commercial motor vehicles;

(2) have sold on average 50,000 gallons of diesel or biodiesel fuel each month for the previous 12 months or is projected to sell an average of 50,000 gallons of diesel or biodiesel fuel each month for the next 12 months;

(3) have at least 20 parking spaces dedicated for commercial motor vehicles;

(4) operates a convenience store;

(5) is a PA Lottery Sales Agent; and,

(6) is situated on a parcel of land of not less than 3 acres.

Following the award and prior to gaining authorization to commence VGT gaming, PGCB staff conducts a rigorous pre-implementation inspection at the establishment to ensure that the video gaming area is in compliance with both the law and regulations. There is also testing of the machines to ensure that each operates correctly and are connected to the PA Department of Revenue’s Central Control Computer System.

Patrons of VGT machines must be 21 years of age and can self-exclude from participating in VGT gaming through the PGCB.

A total of 52% of gross VGT revenue is collected by the Commonwealth in taxes including 42% deposited into Pennsylvania’s General Fund and 10% of the gross revenue used for grants under the administration of the Commonwealth Finance Agency. Since the first VGT establishment was launched in August 2019, tax revenue through 31 December 2019 was $1,211,361 based on gross revenue of $2,329,540.

A detailed revenue report for the month of December and for calendar year 2019 will be available on the PGCB website after 15 January.

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