HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania House members have given approval to a bill that would allow thousands of bars to profit from gambling contests called small games of chance and flush some of the money into state coffers.
The Republican-controlled House voted 102-96 to send the bill to the Senate, where approval was expected next week.
It would represent Pennsylvania’s largest expansion of gambling since 2010, when table games were legalized in slot-machine casinos.
Under the bill, thousands of bars and taverns could seek licenses to hold pull-tab games, daily drawings and tavern raffles.
The state would take 60 percent of the gambling profits, bar owners would get 35 percent and municipalities would get 5 percent.
Individual prize limits would be $2,000 for a single game and $35,000 over seven days.