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Lawmakers OK Small Games of Chance at Bars

TAMAQUA — State lawmakers have approved a new bill that would allow small games of chance at bars and taverns, which they said will mean millions more a year in revenue for the state.

The governor is expected to sign the bill soon, allowing raffles, pull-tab games, and daily drawings.

Some of the money earned would go to the bar owners, some to the local municipality of the bar, and most of it would go to the state treasury.

“I think if it helps, would help the elderly or children of any kind, I hope for it,” said June Kotch of Tamaqua.

The owner of Freddy’s Pub in Tamaqua said he would consider offering games.

Under the bill, bar owners would have to apply for a license to do that.

“We have a little bit of a wait and see attitude now with all the details, but obviously, anything that can bring added revenue to a business is exciting,” said Larry Frederick.

For years, private clubs and volunteer organizations in Pennsylvania have been able to use small games of chance to raise money.

Some people do not like the idea of giving that right to bars and taverns, too.

“I don’t think it’s fair for the clubs. They need the revenue. The bars don’t,” said William Gaumere of Weatherly.

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