In a bid to curtail the potential for problem gambling in Pennsylvania, the state’s Gaming Control Board has introduced a self-exclusion program for individuals that wish to voluntarily exclude themselves from using video gaming terminals (VGT) at licensed truck stops. 

The VGT Self-Exclusion Program allows individuals to voluntarily choose bans including one and five-year options up to a lifetime for the gambling activity. 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 of time that the person is on the 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 launch of VGTs at several qualified truck stops in the Commonwealth 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.