New Hampshire wins appeal; Wire Act does not apply to lotteries
By Kate Northrop
The New Hampshire Lottery has prevailed against the US Department of Justice when a federal court ruled Wednesday that the Wire Act does not apply to lotteries, cementing the legality of participating in the state lottery over the Internet.
In August of 2019, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) filed a notice of appeal following the decision by the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to find in favor of the New Hampshire Lottery in the long-awaite ...
Jan 24, 2021, 9:16 am - Lottery News forum
DoJ files notice of appeal against New Hampshire Wire Act ruling
The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has filed a notice of appeal following the decision in June by the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to find in favor of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission (NHLC) in the long-awaited ruling on last year's revised opinion of the Wire Act by the DoJ.
The notice of appeal reads: Please take notice that all Defendants (the United States of America; the United States Department of Justice; and William Barr, in his official capacity ...
Aug 22, 2019, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Lottery struggles to attract bets on virtual sports games
The Pennsylvania Lottery has more than 1,850 outlets with screens displaying virtual animated football and auto races. The odds of finding someone watching a bet play out on the simulated sports action is pretty low.
With a few exceptions, lottery licensees in the region report few customers are spending their time or money on the Xpress Sports games lottery officials introduced in August.
Xpress Football offers the chance to bet from $1 to $20 each on up to 16 possible outcomes such as a ...
Jun 27, 2019, 11:00 am - Lottery News forum
New Hampshire wins Wire Act lawsuit
Federal judge to DOJ: Wire Act only applies to sports betting
New Hampshire has won its lawsuit against the US Department of Justice clarifying the scope of a 1961 federal gambling law.
In a 60-page ruling issued Monday, US District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro rejected a 2018 opinion from the Office of Legal Counsel which expanded the Wire Act to broadly cover interstate online gambling. The previous interpretation from 2011 applies narrowly to sports betting.
The judge handed the DOJ a ...
Jun 5, 2019, 6:39 pm - Lottery News forum
DOJ 'did not address' lotteries in Wire Act opinion, Deputy AG Rosenstein says in memo
A new memo from the US Department of Justice says that state lotteries are not at all impacted by the DOJ's reinterpretation of the Wire Act, a development that could mean the end of a federal court case brought earlier this year.
(See New Hampshire sues DOJ over new Wire Act ruling, Lottery Post, Feb. 15, 2019.)
The latest filing from the DOJ can be found below, including a memo signed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. There, he talks about the Office of Legal Counsel opinion off ...
Apr 10, 2019, 4:23 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ joins DOJ lawsuit over Wire Act interpretation
New Jersey is joining New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and several lottery companies in a suit seeking to invalidate the U.S. Department of Justice's legal ruling last year which critics said could hurt the state's multibillion-dollar online gaming and sports betting industries, Attorney Gurbir Grewal announced Monday.
Grewal, in the amicus brief filed March 8 in the United States District Court for New Hampshire, is seeking nationwide relief of the DOJ's reinterpretation of the federal Wire Act ...
Mar 12, 2019, 9:18 am - Lottery News forum
Appeal almost inevitable in Wire Act reinterpretation case, expert says
Big changes could be on the horizon for the gaming industry if the January reinterpretation of the federal Wire Act becomes a U.S. Justice Department mandate.
But how likely is that to happen?
Three law professors at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law tackled that question Thursday in a Moot Court presentation.
Broadly, the reinterpretation could further restrict internet gambling. The Justice Department reversed some of the stances it made in 2011, when it interpreted the law to ba ...
Mar 11, 2019, 9:43 am - Lottery News forum
State lotteries line up against DOJ reversal on Wire Act
State lotteries continue to fight back against a January Department of Justice reversal of its interpretation of the Wire Act, threatening every form of online gambling in the country.
(See DOJ reverses 2011 opinion of the Wire Act; legal online gaming in question, Lottery Post, Jan. 14, 2019.)
Now the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania joined a New Hampshire lawsuit challenging the validity of the new Wire Act opinion.
Before joining the lawsuit, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro co ...
Mar 11, 2019, 9:26 am - Lottery News forum
New Hampshire sues DOJ over new Wire Act ruling
New Hampshire on Friday became the first state to legally challenge last month's U.S. Department of Justice decision to revise the Federal Wire Act, filing a federal lawsuit that would halt enforcement of the opinion that could keep the state from selling lottery tickets online.
The state is asking a U.S. District Court judge to vacate the 23-page opinion from the Department's Office of Legal Counsel, confirm that the Wire Act does not apply to state lotteries, and permanently keep the Justic ...
Feb 15, 2019, 5:25 pm - Lottery News forum
WV Lottery not backing online gaming law this session
West Virginia Lottery officials will back two bills intended to increase revenue, but do not plan to pursue legalization of online gaming this session, Lottery Director John Myers told the House Finance Committee Friday.
We certainly see the opportunity in iGaming, he said. We fully intend to come back with that at some point.
Online gaming, or iGaming, can run the gamut from being able to able to buy tickets for Lottery drawings or scratch-off games online, to sports betting apps, to on ...
Jan 16, 2019, 1:02 pm - Lottery News forum