Justice Opinion Paves Way for Some Online Gambling, Lotteries

A 13-page U.S. Justice Department opinion on a 50-year-old federal law, known as the Wire Act, appears to allow states to provide online gambling, particularly the expansion of lotteries onto the Internet to cover budget shortfalls.
The potentially far-reaching opinion could also give federal and state lawmakers the legal window to regulate online poker sites, as long as the sites do not involve sporting events.
Online poker proponents are cautiously celebrating the Wire Act interpretation, which was issued Sept. 20 but released just before Christmas. They have been pushing for years to get Congress to legalize and regulate online poker rooms.
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The Justice Department concluded in its decision that the Wire Act prohibition pertains to “sporting events or contests” – and not state lotteries. The opinion gives the green light for proposals from state lotteries in Illinois and New York to sell tickets to adult residents online.
“The more reasonable inference is that Congress intended the Wire Act’s prohibitions to be parallel in scope, prohibiting the use of wire communication facilities to transmit both bets or wagers and betting or wagering information on sporting events or contests,” the Justice Department said in its opinion on the Wire Act.
The Justice Department declined to examine the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 because it found no conflict between the newer legislation and the Wire Act, enacted in 1961.
The 2006 law, intended to crack down on widespread online poker, prohibits “unlawful Internet gambling,” which is defined as placing, receiving or transmitting a bet via the Internet in a jurisdiction where federal or state laws make such bets illegal.
But the 2006 legislation allows bets placed within a state that allows gambling and emphasizes that the “intermediate routing of electronic data” does not apply to the location of the bet.

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