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mistyblue's avatar - itsallgood
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Posted: June 4, 2008, 6:15 pm - IP Logged

Can someone please tell me if I can play the Georgia lottery online? And if so how does it work.

I'm through following my dreams! I'm going to ask them where they are going and hook up with them later.

    sfilippo's avatar - skull
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    Posted: June 4, 2008, 6:53 pm - IP Logged

    Can someone please tell me if I can play the Georgia lottery online? And if so how does it work.

    You are asking a pretty complicated question, believe it or not...

    Here is something you should know and understand about gambling online as a U.S. citizen.

    Interstate transmission of bets or gambling information can qualify as legal only if both the state of origination and the state in which the bet is placed allow such wagering. As such, an Antigua company's taking of bets via telephone from a resident in Massachusetts is considered a criminal act under federal law, despite the fact that it is legal to take bets in Antigua. Only the party, however, "in the business of wagering or betting" (e.g. the virtual casino, not the user) can be convicted under the statute. WagerNet's registration agreement therefore requires the user to warrant that he is using WagerNet "for [his] own personal use and [is] not 'engaged in the business of betting or wagering'" in an effort to avoid violating U.S. Federal law. Legislation has been introduced to prosecute those who use online gambling sites, punishable by up to $5,000 in fines or a year in jail or both. Currently, however, only the virtual casino can be prosecuted and not the site user.

    Read the full brief here...

    http://www.kyroslaw.com/articles/online_gambling_law.html

    From what I have read and observed, the U.S. based gambling site operators are the ones being targeted by the new law.

    First, I would advise that you read what the law says and then decide for yourself if playing the numbers games online is illegal from your standpoint. If you decide it is legal to do so, then the offshore gaming sites are out there for you to join.

    Smiley Steve

      mistyblue's avatar - itsallgood
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      Posted: June 4, 2008, 6:58 pm - IP Logged

      Thank you sfilippo.

      I'm through following my dreams! I'm going to ask them where they are going and hook up with them later.

        sfilippo's avatar - skull
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        Posted: June 4, 2008, 7:10 pm - IP Logged

        Thank you sfilippo.

        Once the 'user' end of the law is enacted, all bets are off, though. I'm not sure when that will happen or if it will ever happen.

        Lottery Post seems to have taken a "speak easy" approach to the new law.

        Maybe Todd can give us his take on what are the rights of the "online gambling user?"

        Smiley Steve

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          Posted: June 4, 2008, 7:42 pm - IP Logged

          Once the 'user' end of the law is enacted, all bets are off, though. I'm not sure when that will happen or if it will ever happen.

          Lottery Post seems to have taken a "speak easy" approach to the new law.

          Maybe Todd can give us his take on what are the rights of the "online gambling user?"

          I don't know what the "speak easy" approach means.

          At this point I do not encourage people to play the lottery online if they live in the USA.  Period.

          If you check the Contact Us page and follow the prompts to playing online, you will see that message echoed there.

           

          Check the State Lottery Report Card
          What grade did your lottery earn?

           

          Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
          Help eliminate computerized drawings!

            sfilippo's avatar - skull
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            Posted: June 4, 2008, 8:05 pm - IP Logged

            I don't know what the "speak easy" approach means.

            At this point I do not encourage people to play the lottery online if they live in the USA.  Period.

            If you check the Contact Us page and follow the prompts to playing online, you will see that message echoed there.

            When I say "speak easy" I mean there isn't the chatter about online play that there used to be prior to the new gambling law going into effect.

            And, yes, I see what you mean about the echo... sorta...

            Smiley Steve

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              Posted: June 4, 2008, 10:57 pm - IP Logged

              When I say "speak easy" I mean there isn't the chatter about online play that there used to be prior to the new gambling law going into effect.

              And, yes, I see what you mean about the echo... sorta...

              A "speakeasy" is a Prohibition-era term for a place where people broke the law by drinking illegally.  So naturally when I see the comparison to a "speak easy" it sounds like you're saying that LP is a place where people gamble illegally, which is the opposite of what I represent.  (And apparently the opposite of what you're trying to say.)

              I'm going to snip the text you pasted from the contact page and allow people to find it on their own, because I occasionally change the text, and I don't want multiple copies of my site text floating about in the forums.

               

              Check the State Lottery Report Card
              What grade did your lottery earn?

               

              Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
              Help eliminate computerized drawings!

                ToadSchmode's avatar - aquas1

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                Posted: June 9, 2008, 9:54 pm - IP Logged

                You are asking a pretty complicated question, believe it or not...

                Here is something you should know and understand about gambling online as a U.S. citizen.

                Interstate transmission of bets or gambling information can qualify as legal only if both the state of origination and the state in which the bet is placed allow such wagering. As such, an Antigua company's taking of bets via telephone from a resident in Massachusetts is considered a criminal act under federal law, despite the fact that it is legal to take bets in Antigua. Only the party, however, "in the business of wagering or betting" (e.g. the virtual casino, not the user) can be convicted under the statute. WagerNet's registration agreement therefore requires the user to warrant that he is using WagerNet "for [his] own personal use and [is] not 'engaged in the business of betting or wagering'" in an effort to avoid violating U.S. Federal law. Legislation has been introduced to prosecute those who use online gambling sites, punishable by up to $5,000 in fines or a year in jail or both. Currently, however, only the virtual casino can be prosecuted and not the site user.

                Read the full brief here...

                http://www.kyroslaw.com/articles/online_gambling_law.html

                From what I have read and observed, the U.S. based gambling site operators are the ones being targeted by the new law.

                First, I would advise that you read what the law says and then decide for yourself if playing the numbers games online is illegal from your standpoint. If you decide it is legal to do so, then the offshore gaming sites are out there for you to join.

                Rep. Bobby Scott - Judiciary Hearing on Internet Gaming

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTvd8hwjGVo

                Although the whole thing is good to watch... 2:10 to 2:35 is very interesting.

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