Today the veterans and fraternal organizations made oral
comments before the tenth district court of appeals in the lawsuit against the
State of Ohio regarding the legality of charitable video raffles. The Ohio Attorney General’s attorney also
made comments in opposition.
Former Ohio Supreme Count Justice Andy Douglas argued on
behalf of the veterans and fraternals.
The three judge panel consisted of judges Betsy Luper
Schuster, Bill Klatt and Jennifer Brunner.
The judges asked both Mr. Douglas and the AG attorney several questions
regarding each side’s position on why the raffle machines do or do not meet the
definition of a raffle.
The Attorney General’s office argued that the machines do
not meet the definition of a raffle because the tickets are drawn before they
are actually sold to the customer. The
AG also argued that the machines meet the definition of a slot machine, making
them illegal in veterans and fraternal locations.
Mr. Douglas argued that current Ohio law already permits
video raffles and that the video raffle machines the organizations are using
meet the legal definition of a raffle.
Mr. Douglas pointed out that Ohio law specifically prohibits video forms
of certain types of charitable gaming such as instant bingo, but there is not
such prohibition on raffles, therefore video raffles are legal. He also pointed out that there is no
requirement in the law that the raffle drawing must take place after the
tickets are sold.
The judges are expected to make a ruling in the next