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DOJ: Lotteries Not Part of Wire Act Opinion

Sun, Apr 14, 2019

Another memo from federal Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (l.) says that the DOJ’s new interpretation of the 1961 federal Wire Act did not address whether it applies to state lotteries. New Hampshire has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the DOJ opinion in an effort to protect its lottery, including inter-state lotteries such as Powerball and Mega Millions. The DOJ filed a motion after releasing the memo asking for the case to be dismissed since New Hampshire’s lottery is not under immediate threat of prosecution. A federal judge disagreed. 

In releasing an updated opinion that said the 1961 federal Wire Act bans all forms of inter-state gambling, the Department of Justice wasn’t talking about inter-state lotteries, according to a new memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

However, the federal judge in the case, Paul Barbadoro, ruled during an opening hearing that the memo does not convince him that New Hampshire lacks standing to bring the suit or that the issue is moot.

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