US judge to hear case with implications for state lotteries

A federal judge will hear a legal challenge by New Hampshire over a U.S. Department of Justice legal opinion that the country fears will sabotage online gambling and state-run lotteries.

A hearing has been scheduled to start.

As applying to any form of gaming which crosses state lines, not just sports the federal Wire Act was interpreted by the section in November. That raised concerns regarding the viability of other gambling and internet poker across state lotteries, in addition to countries.

Even the New Hampshire Lottery Commission sued stating the ruling generates uncertainty, subjects its employees to prosecution and might cost the state more than $90 million annually.

Several states, including New Jersey and Michigan, registered briefs in support of this lawsuit.