PHILADELPHIA – Residents of Pennsylvania may see video gaming terminals at Rutter’s convenience stores in the near future. A law passed in October 2017 enables the expansion of gambling locations in Pennsylvania—and c-stores and truck stops are at the top of the list. Rutter’s applied through the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to offer video gaming terminals at 20 c-stores.
It’s part of a larger trend and as outlined in a September NACS Magazine feature story, many retailers are turning to video gaming to boost in-store profits. Since Pennsylvania’s law passage, PlayPennsylvania.com reports that consumers put $385 million into the industry in 2018.
After meeting certain metrics of fuel sales and size and if applications are approved, the video gaming machines at Rutter’s locations in the York and Wrightsville areas would allow maximum bets of $5 and payouts that don’t exceed $1,000. Each c-store could have up to five machines.
Although the gaming control board has already approved terminals at c-stores, there may be some new obstacles in the way from state senators who hope to limit or restrict the machines at truck stops. It’s coming down to a municipality effort with zoning boards and city officials voicing their concerns.