What are Lottery Casinos and How Do They Differ?

Home » Recent Posts » What are Lottery Casinos and How Do They Differ?
Share this on:

Sticker on a New York Lottery video lottery terminal

As we’ve been discussing on the site since launch, there are different types of machines other than slots, even though the machines all look like slots on the surface. These have included Bingo Machines and Historic Horse Racing machines. Today, we’re going to talk about yet another type: Lottery machines.

Can you explain a “lottery casino.” I don’t understand why I don’t get a tax form if I get a jackpot. I filled out a w9 once but they don’t give me the usual W2G. I am in New York and Resorts World Hudson Valley is a lottery casino.


We have a bit of experience with these as Brian has previously played at Empire City Casino in Yonkers, another New York Lottery-linked casino, and in fact the head writer of Flip The Switch first met Brian there in 2017!

But we digress. The New York Lottery casinos work differently than other types of machines noted above. Instead of a random number generator determining the outcome from within the machine, the outcome comes from outside the machine, similar to Bingo and Historic Horse Racing machines. 

In the case of the New York Lottery overseen casinos, the outcomes are decided more akin to an electronic versions of scratchers or pull tabs. In that model, a set number of outcomes are established, and each time you hit spin, it’s like buying a scratch ticket from the stack of those remaining. The ticket is bought, the outcome confirmed, and then the reels on the slot showcase an outcome that matches what your prize, if anything, would be.

Washington State’s system, we’re told, is not exactly the same, but similar, and you often see similar games in both New York Lottery and Washington State casinos as a result.

One weird quirk about this scenario is you have a limited number of outcomes. For games with much more complex structures, like Ultimate Fire Link, this can lead to bonuses repeating themselves.

We’ve spoken in the past with a Rudie who is a regular to those casinos, and she showed us three distinct bonuses where the exact same prize was won on the same bet level, with all the balls ultimately appearing in all the exact same spots. This is the main limitation of this sort of structure, and it means not all game types work out well in that environment.

As far as jackpots and paperwork, they tend to follow the rules around state lotteries since they’re regulated under that framework, as opposed to slot machines. So you actually get a “prize voucher” when you win at least $600 (which happened to us) and go from there, but when they issue paperwork can also differ because of the different regulations. 

That’s one reason we always advise to consult with a tax professional familiar with gambling law quirks when you win a prize like that, so they can ensure you file correctly!

They follow other lottery-specific rules too, such as the minimum age to play being 18, just like buying a scratcher. So ultimately there’s more parallels with other lottery-run scenarios, which hopefully makes sense.

Have a question? Submit yours here!

Share this on:

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Play Online Casinos

Sign Up with BetMGM Casino and get a Deposit Match up to $1,000, plus $25 in Site Credits on the house! Available in MI, NJ, PA & WV. US promotional offers not valid in Ontario.

Use code SWITCH2500 for a 100% deposit match up to $2,500, and 2,500 Reward Credits, with $25+ in wagers placed (MI, NJ, PA & WV).

New sign-ups with DraftKings Casino in MI, NJ, PA & WV will receive $35 Casino Credits, plus Play $5 and Get $100 Back in Casino Credits Instantly!

Sign Up and deposit $10+ at FanDuel to get a Welcome Offer of a $20 Bonus + Up to $1,000 Play it Again based on your net losses in the first 24 hours in MI, NJ, PA & WV!

Play Social Casinos

Ready to give Show Me Vegas Slots a try? Get 10 million coins to play Show Me Vegas Slots with promo code SWITCH!

New players get 6 million coins for signing up! All players will receive 2 million coins free (one time only).

Sign Up and get a Welcome Bonus of 2,000,000 FREE Gold Coins & 2 FREE Sweeps Coins. Get started today!

Sign Up for LuckyLand Slots and get a Welcome Bonus of 7,777 FREE Gold Coins & 10 FREE Sweeps Coins!

Online Game Spotlight
Fire Buffalo

Simple, Compelling 3-Reel Slot Machine

Almighty Buffalo Megaways

Bonus Choice and Buy a Bonus for Extra Fun

Play Online Sportsbooks

Sign Up to get a Bet $5, Get $150 in Bonus Bets, Win or Lose!

Use code SWITCH1000 to get your first bet back in Bonus Bets, up to $1,000, if you lose.

​SIGN UP to get $150 instantly in Bonus Bets* (NC, $5+ bet required) or up to $1500 in Bonus Bets* Back if Your First Bet Doesn't Win (All Other Eligible States)!

New Players get a Bet $5 Get $200 in Bonus Bets Instantly PLUS $50 Bonus Bet with $5 deposit. PLUS, Get a No Sweat NBA SGP Every Day of NBA Playoffs.! New players outside MA also get 20% Match up to $1,000 (25x PTR).

Social Game Spotlight
Quick Hit Explosion

2 Bonuses 6 Jackpots Keep Things Fun

5 Lions Gold

All Ways Wins with a Bonus Volatility Choice

Super Wheelmania Link VIP Riches

Wheel Adds a New Twist on a Familiar Concept