Pennsylvania pivot to online gambling amid bleak pandemic raises addiction concerns Hal Conte, Lebanon Daily News · April 12, 2021 at 8:30 pm As the coronavirus pandemic kept Pennsylvanians home in 2021, online gambling revenues surged. So did requests for help from people struggling with addiction. Online gambling was legalized in the state in 2017. It has provided a lifeline for the gambling industry in a year when revenue from many traditional casinos fell as a result of the virus. But while giving homebound players a way to stay in the game and attracting new users, online gambling has also increased the opportunity for dangerous habits to develop. “The majority of people who gamble do so responsibly,” said Jeff Mountz, a prevention specialist at WellSpan Health, in the same way most people drink alcohol responsibly. But not everyone does.