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Pennsylvania launches VGT self-exclusion program

Pennsylvania has introduced a new self-exclusion program for individuals who wish to withdraw from participating in gambling at video gaming terminals (VGT).

The self-help tool introduced by The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) allows individuals to voluntarily exclude themselves from participating in gambling on VGTs for a 1-year, 5-year, or lifetime term.

Under the terms of the program, VGT establishments and operators must refuse wagers and deny gaming privileges, check cashing, player club membership, complimentary goods and services to any self-excluded person. They must also ensure that self-excluded persons do not receive targeted mailings, promotions, player club materials or other promotional materials relating to VGT activities.

A self-excluded person who has gambled on a VGT while on the self-exclusion list may not collect in any manner or in any proceeding any winnings or recover any losses arising as a result of any gaming activity for the entire period that the person is on the Self-Exclusion List. Any winnings issued to, found on or about or redeemed by a self-excluded person shall be remitted to the PGCB and are used towards its responsible gambling programs. If a person violates the terms of self-exclusion, they may be subject to arrest.

The announcement comes ahead of the launch of VGTs at several qualified truck stops in the Commonwealth, which is expected to begin later this month.  A qualified truck stop establishment is permitted to operate up to five VGTs that can be used only by individuals at least 21 years of age.

Information and a link to the enrollment site for the VGT self-exclusion program can be accessed from a special link under the QuickLinks section of the homepage on the PGCB’s website, https://gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov.

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