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Sheldon Adelson-backed Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling Wades into Wire Act Case with Faulty Argument

Sheldon Adelson

Much of the legal battle between the Department of Justice and the State of New Hampshire over the new interpretation of the Wire Act will hinge on semantics and grammar, as the US First Circuit Court attempts to decipher the original intent of the law’s author, back in 1961. At a hearing earlier this month,…Read More

Colorado Lottery Winner Who Split Winnings with Mastermind Fraudster Wants Full $4.2 Million

Eddie Tipton

Lawyers for a 2005 Colorado lottery winner who unwittingly split the jackpot three ways with mastermind fraudster Eddie Tipton and an associate will argue their client should be paid the full whack at the Colorado Court of Appeals Tuesday, The Denver Post reports. Boulder resident Amir Massihzadeh was thrilled to win $568,990 14 years ago,…Read More

Ohio House Bill Calls for State Lottery to Run Sports Betting at Casinos, Racinos

Two Ohio lawmakers have introduced a bill that would legalize sports betting and allow the state’s lottery to manage it. On Tuesday, state Reps. Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) and Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) unveiled their proposal that calls for the creation of a Sports Gaming Advisory Board. The lawmakers hope to generate additional funding for public education…Read More

Wire Act Application to State Lotteries in Limbo as DOJ’s Newest View Dissed by Gaming Expert

Prominent gaming attorney Anthony Cabot is calling the latest interpretation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the Wire Act — and whether it applies to state lotteries — “ridiculous,” given earlier interpretations of the federal law. On Monday, DOJ attorneys filed a motion which says the recent reinterpretation of the Wire Act did not…Read More

Alabama Lawmakers File Bills to Legalize State Lottery, Sports Betting

The Alabama Legislature has seen a flurry of activity regarding gambling legislation this week. Thursday was a particularly busy day as a Senate committee heard testimony on two bills regarding a state lottery. In addition, a state representative filed his second bill in three days regarding sports betting. One reason for the amount of legislation…Read More

Live Horse Racing Lottery Game to Debut in Kentucky This Weekend

On Sunday, the Kentucky Lottery will launch a new daily game that offers an in-person horse racing-twist to the traditional lottery-style game. Shortly after 5 pm ET Sunday, the first Win Place Show game will take place. Like a traditional lottery, bettors will have a three-number combination on their ticket. However, instead of watching balls…Read More

Only Winning Ticket for $768M Powerball Jackpot Sold in Wisconsin

Powerball Winning Ticket Wisconsin

One lucky individual will soon get to enjoy a life-changing jackpot, as lottery officials announced that the single winning Powerball ticket for Wednesday night’s drawing was sold in Wisconsin. With stronger than expected ticket sales pushing the jackpot above the initial $750 million estimate, the winner will be claiming a prize worth $768.4 million. A…Read More

Powerball Jackpot Now Estimated $750M, Fourth-Largest in US History

Powerball jackpot lottery odds Mega Millions

The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday night’s drawing is an estimated $750 million after no tickets matched all six numbers over the weekend. At a quarter of a billion dollars, Wednesday’s drawing is expected to be the fourth-largest lottery jackpot in US history. The five largest jackpots have now all been drawn in the last three…Read More

Australian Lottoland Player Misses Out on US Mega Millions Jackpot Due to Time Zone Blunder


An Australian man “betting” on the US Mega Millions lottery draw via secondary lottery site Lottoland believed he had won a share of a $50 million prize until he discovered a time conversion glitch had voided his win, ABC News reports. According to a complaint filed with the gaming regulator for Australia’s Northern Territory, the…Read More

Powerball Jackpot Now $625M, But New Wire Act Opinion Threatens Interstate Lottery Future

Powerball jackpot Mega Millions winners

The Powerball jackpot has climbed to an estimated $625 million after no one matched all six numbers on Wednesday night. The next drawing will take place this Saturday. The odds of hitting the jackpot are one in 292.2 million. You’re 65,000 times likelier to suffocate accidentally during tonight’s sleep than hit the Powerball jackpot, but…Read More

Wire Act Reinterpretation Could Be At Risk As State Lottery Officials Pressure DOJ

Legal experts say that Department of Justice (DOJ) officials could soon buckle to mounting pressure to limit or even withdraw a controversial reinterpretation of the Wire Act, which now extends its authority from only sports betting to also encompass state lotteries. Lottery officials are making their concerns known to members of Congress and the DOJ….Read More

Phew: Winning $1.5B Mega Millions Lottery Ticket Finally Claimed in South Carolina

Mega Millions jackpot lottery ticket

The winning $1.537 billion Mega Millions lottery ticket sold last October in South Carolina has finally been claimed by a Palmetto State resident who has decided to remain anonymous. The largest lottery jackpot ever won by a single person in US history, the fortunate individual has opted to take the one-time lump sum cash payout,…Read More

Florida House Committee Advances Bill to Prohibit Online Lottery Sales

Online lottery

Florida does not sell lottery tickets over the internet — and if a bill passed Wednesday by the House Gaming Control Subcommittee becomes law, it never will. While New Hampshire has sued the Department of Justice in a bid to protect the revenues it derives from its online lottery operations, State Rep. Will Robinson (R-Bradenton)…Read More

Mega Millions $1.5B Winning Lottery Ticket Remains Unclaimed, Clock Ticking

Mega Millions jackpot Powerball winner

The whereabouts of a Mega Millions ticket worth $1.537 billion ($878 million cash) remains unknown, and the clock is ticking for it to be cashed in before the small piece of paper becomes worthless. The Mega Millions ticket was sold last October in South Carolina at the KC Mart in Simpsonville. It matched the six…Read More

New Hampshire Lottery Aims Powerball at DOJ, Sues to Block Enforcement of Wire Act Opinion

Wire Act

The State of New Hampshire has made good on its threat earlier this week that it was ready to sue the Department of Justice over its reinterpretation of the Wire Act. On Friday, the New Hampshire Lottery Commission (NHLC) filed suit against brand-new US Attorney General William Barr seeking declarative and injunctive relief against the…Read More