Democrat questions Ohio governor's speech lottery

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Democratic chairman is questioning the propriety of a public online lottery for State of the State tickets organized by Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik).

Through the contest, the Republican governor made available a limited number of tickets to next Tuesday's policy address in Lima (LY'-muh). Winners are to be notified Friday.

In a Wednesday letter to House Speaker William Batchelder, Democratic chairman and state Rep. Chris Redfern said the speech is a legislative event, not an administrative one.

He also complained Kasich is collecting home addresses and phone numbers from lottery participants to be used for soliciting campaign donations.

Messages seeking comment were left with Batchelder and Kasich.

This is Kasich's second time taking the speech outside Columbus. He says it brings government closer to Ohioans.

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Online:

http://governor.oh.gov/tickets/

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