DC Lottery Plans

Mon, 10 Jan 2011 10:51:39 +0100

 

The next time you visit Washington, DC, you may be able to get much more gambling done than just buying a Washington DC lottery ticket. That’s because the city’s lottery commission has been working for some time on creating a series of WiFi hotspots where people can engage in such games as Texas Hold ‘Em and Blackjack, all with the blessings of the Federal Government.

20-30 Hotspots Planned

The plan calls for creating a series of hotspots throughout the city which will be available to city residents and visitors to the nation’s capital and which allow people to participate in online gambling offered as an additional game, above and beyond the basic lottery games that the DC Lottery already offers.

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Restrictions In Place

The plan, if it is implemented (it is schedule to go into effect as of September, 2011) would require that people use only a debit card to fund their accounts with the online gambling service and would limit deposits to just $250. These measures were put into place, according to city lottery officials, to ensure that people wouldn’t fall victim to the ills that plague online gambling sites elsewhere on the Internet.

Under American law, other gambling sites are illegal, though most of them operate from outside the United States, placing them in a legal gray area. The DC Lottery online gambling site would be the first to be legally sanctioned in the United States.

Opposition Quiet

So far, the plan has received little attention; however a recent DC council meeting has been convened whereby discussions would be held to examine the issue and to hear arguments both for and against the plan. The DC Lottery commission estimates that the new online gambling service they hope to launch could bring as much as $13 million annually to the city, which, like the federal government it plays host to, is strapped for cash.

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