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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says electronic bingo is gambling
DeWine asked for dismissal of lawsuit by veterans groups who want to keep the machines

Kabir Bhatia
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An ongoing suit over electronic raffle machines at VFW's other fraternal clubs is moving forward, over Attorney General Mike DeWine’s objections.

DeWine last year threatened to shut down the devices operating at hundreds of Ohio posts and lodges, saying they’re slot machines. The clubs sued, and a Franklin County judge has declined to dismiss the lawsuit, saying the games can be likened to bingo games. DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney disagrees. 
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says electronic bingo is gambling

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“Charitable groups -- as long as they’re properly licensed – they can run raffles and bingo. But Ohio law prohibits bingo of any type from being run over a computer terminal. And that’s clearly what these are. That means it’s a slot machine. And only casinos and racinos are permitted under Ohio law to operate slot machines.”

Tierney is not sure when pre-trial dates will be set, as the preliminary decision came late Friday. A call to the Ohio Veterans and Fraternal Charitable Coalition was not returned Sunday. The Ohio Lottery Commission eventually installed $22 million worth of new machines in many of the state’s clubs and lodges.
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Posted by: arnie wexler (florida) on June 16, 2014 11:06AM
bingo is gambling period, if they do it in a big room or video style, its the same thing. this is just more being a corporate whore than a representative. He is attacking Veterans, this guy must be one of those GOP Tea Nuts? They have done nothing but take from Breathing People and doubled down on Corporate Welfare. vote them all out.

Posted by: dave (44052) on June 16, 2014 1:06AM
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