N.H. Lottery Calls DOJ Reversal on Web Lottery Sales ‘Unacceptable’

Feb 11, 2019

The New Hampshire Lottery is exploring legal action after a decision by the Trump administration that would make selling lottery tickets online illegal.

 

The state started selling virtual lottery tickets online in September of 2018, after it was approved in the last legislative session.

 

In that time, it's generated approximately $1.8 million net for the state from web sales.

 

But a new legal opinion put out last month from the U.S. Department of Justice would outlaw those sales.

 

Lottery Executive Director Charlie McIntyre said the state has already poured time and resources into getting the web platform up and running.

 

"This is just unacceptable for us,” McIntyre said. “We lose millions of dollars in funding for school education in the state, based on a reversal of a decision without any input from anybody."

 

McIntyre says he's reviewing options with the offices of the New Hampshire Attorney General and the Governor.

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