Plan to replace Ohio video raffle machines illegal

Dec 30, 2013 8:06 PM

Ohio Atty. Gen. Michael DeWine has ruled that the state lottery plan to replace illegal video raffle machines with new gambling devices at veterans posts and fraternal lodges is unconstitutional.

According to DeWine’s ruling, the lottery proceeds must to go to education and must have a voter-approved amendment to the state constitution, though they don’t specify an amount to be paid.

The problem developed because the locations have been benefiting from illegal slot machines that the lottery wanted to replace with some 1,200 next-generation electronic games. But, DeWine said the proceeds benefiting schools, from such machines, would be “miniscule” and therefore would violate the state law.

A spokesman for Gov. John Kasich said the plan was an initial offering that has been changed and revised to address DeWine’s concerns.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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