Court upholds New Hampshire's online lottery sales

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that allows New Hampshire to continue selling lottery tickets online.

The case involved a 2018 Justice Department opinion holding that the 1961 Wire Act applied to any form of gambling that crosses state lines. That raised concerns about the viability of online poker and other gambling across states, as well as state lotteries.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled in favor of the New Hampshire Lottery, holding that the Wire Act applies only to wagers on sporting events, not activities such a state lotteries.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu called the ruling a major victory.

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