New raffle devices this fall for Ohio vets' posts

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lottery officials say 700 next-generation electronic raffle machines will be installed at Ohio veterans' posts and fraternal organizations in September.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/UfNCg9 ) reports about 200 facilities will get the charitable games that the Ohio Lottery Commission was cleared to buy after the attorney general declared existing raffle machines unconstitutional.

A state legislative panel decided the lottery commission could spend $22.5 million for the machines, with 60 percent of proceeds going to the state and 40 percent for the groups.

Many posts and lodges are keeping their existing raffle machines while a legal challenge is pending.

A coalition of veterans' and fraternal groups sued and got a court order blocking the state from shutting down the existing machines. The coalition's leader says the machines have generated almost $9.4 million.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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