WV Lottery not backing online gaming law this session

West Virginia Lottery officials will back two bills intended to increase revenue, but do not plan to pursue legalization of online gaming this session, Lottery Director John Myers told the House Finance Committee Friday.

“We certainly see the opportunity in iGaming,” he said. “We fully intend to come back with that at some point.”

Online gaming, or iGaming, can run the gamut from being able to able to buy tickets for Lottery drawings or scratch-off games online, to sports betting apps, to online poker and casino games.… Read the rest

DOJ reverses 2011 opinion of the Wire Act; legal online gaming in question

The U.S. Department of Justice’s legal counsel office reversed a 2011 opinion that the Federal Wire Act applies only to sports betting, potentially throwing the small U.S. Internet gaming market into question.

A 23-page opinion is dated Nov. 2, 2018 but became public Monday. Justice Department attorneys said they have, “Based on the plain language of the issue, we reach a different result” from the 2011 opinion of the 1961 Act.… Read the rest