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New Jersey Lottery Scratch-Off Cop Sent for Electric Shock Therapy, Sues ‘Corrupt’ Department

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A New Jersey police corporal says he was bullied into attending a gambling addiction clinic after buying lottery tickets, where he was forced to endure “neurological testing with electrical shocks applied to (his) head.” Corporal Rick Vanderclock is suing the Wayne County Police Department and Police Chief James Clarke for insisting he attend a problem-gambling…Read More

Rhode Island Gov. Raimondo Balks at Twin River Offer to Take Lottery Contract From IGT

Gov. Gina Raimondo (D-RI) doesn’t want Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:TRWH), Rhode Island’s lone casino operator, usurping International Game Technology Plc (NYSE:IGT) as the state’s lottery manager. Recently, Twin River offered Rhode Island $125 million in cash upfront to takeover the Ocean State’s lottery contracts from IGT. The lottery is the state’s third-largest revenue…Read More

‘Pain in the Butt’ Remark About West Virginia Sports Betting Taken Out of Context According to Lottery Official

While the head of the West Virginia Lottery was quoted over the weekend as calling sports betting a “pain in the butt,” a spokesman for the state agency that oversees it said Executive Director John Myers still supports it being part of the Mountain State’s wagering options. Randy Burnside, the lottery’s public relations and drawings…Read More

Judge Denies Injunction Request by Casinos Against Pennsylvania Lottery Over Online Games

The Pennsylvania Lottery scored a big win in the courts last Friday when a state judge refused to grant a temporary injunction on its online games sought by seven casinos in the state. Initially, the casinos wanted all of the lottery’s online games shuttered because they felt they closely resembled the games they offer on…Read More

Days After DC Deal, Montana Plan to Offer Intralot Sole-Source Sports Betting Contract Comes Under Fire from Industry Groups

For the second time in less than a week, plans for a lottery to hire Intralot to manage its sports betting operations came under heavy scrutiny. On Thursday, state gaming association leaders attended the Montana Lottery Commission meeting to question why the agency was considering giving Intralot a no-bid contract for sports betting services. The…Read More

North Carolina Lottery 0-0-0-0 Pick 4 Draw Produces Record $7.8M Win

North Carolina Lottery Pick 4

The North Carolina Lottery’s Pick 4 draw on June 22 came up 0-0-0-0, which led to a record $7.8 million payout split between a total of 2,014 winners. It was only a day after the lottery’s Pick 3 game turned out a winning 1-1-1 draw. Pick 4 players have a one in 10,000 chance of…Read More

Colorado Man Not Entitled to Full Lottery Jackpot Split Three Ways with Fraudsters, Court Rules

Colorado Lottery

A Boulder, Colorado man who shared a lottery jackpot in 2005 with two brothers who were later convicted of fixing the draw, is not entitled to the full whack, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. Amir Massihzadeh won $568,990, after tax, 14 years ago — his share of a jackpot split three ways with…Read More

Amendment to Defund DOJ Wire Act Enforcement Not Taken Up by Rules Committee Due to ‘Technical Error’

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An amendment on Capitol Hill that would have blocked funding to the Department of Justice specifically for the enforcement of its new interpretation of the Wire Act did not go to the House floor for a full vote. As first spotted by Online Poker Report, the amendment was tagged onto an appropriations bill on Tuesday,…Read More

Tobacco-Style Health Warnings on Florida Lottery Tickets Could Impact Multistate Game Participation

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A proposal in Florida to plaster prominent “health warnings” on lottery tickets could have the unintended consequence of freezing the Sunshine State out of multi-state games such as Powerball and Mega Millions, lottery officials said this week. A bill approved by the legislature and currently wending its way to the desk of Republican Governor Ron…Read More

After New Hampshire Ruling, DOJ Won’t Act on Expanded Wire Act Cases Until At Least 2020

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday extended a moratorium to federal attorneys and investigators from using a 2018 opinion on the Wire Act in criminal or civil proceedings. The move came less than 10 days after a US district judge in New Hampshire ruled the opinion, which interpreted sections of the law applied to…Read More

Small-Time Crooks Threaten to Sue UK National Lottery Over Withheld $4 Million Payout

National Lottery

Two career criminals have vowed to sue the UK National Lottery provider, Camelot, for a £4 million ($5 million) payout they believe they won fair and square on a £10 scratch-off card. Mark Goodram, 36, and Jon-Ross Watson, 31, from Bolton, Greater Manchester, embarked on a four-day bender after they bought the winning ticket on…Read More

Former Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra Sentenced to Prison Over Lottery Program

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Former Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been given an additional two-year prison sentence for his handling of a state lottery program when he was in office more than a decade ago. On Thursday, Thailand’s Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions tacked two more years of  onto Shinawatra’s time he is to…Read More

Citing Wire Act Concerns, West Virginia Lottery Halts DraftKings Sports Betting Mobile Launch

The West Virginia Lottery announced on Wednesday afternoon it has delayed approval for DraftKings online sportsbook application, citing Wire Act concerns. And it appears it could take a while before the state re-enters mobile sports betting. Nearly two weeks ago, Lottery Director John Myers announced at the Lottery Board’s May meeting that DraftKings completed testing…Read More

Gaming Lawyers Praise New Hampshire Court Ruling on Wire Act But Identify Decision’s Limitations

Lotteries and online casino operators are far less likely to face prosecution after a New Hampshire federal judge this week rejected an expanded Department of Justice (DOJ) interpretation of the Wire Act. But gaming attorneys caution there remain numerous unanswered questions. In his decision released on Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro clearly ruled…Read More

Pennsylvania Casinos Seek Injunction to Stop ‘Slot-Style’ iLottery Games Ahead of Online Gaming Launch

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Seven Pennsylvania casinos have petitioned the state’s Commonwealth Court to impose a speedy injunction on online lottery games that they say are too similar to the kind they offer on their gaming floors, Penn Live reports. The online lottery, dubbed the PA iLottery, has been a roaring success since it was authorized as part of…Read More