Tag: raffle machines



Raffle Machine Lawsuit

In October of 2013, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine ordered the shutdown of electronic raffle machines at VFW posts and fraternal organizations, claiming the games were illegal gambling. Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit contending that the machines are a permissible form of charitable gaming. In December of 2013, a judge issued a temporary ... Read More
January 22, 2016ogadmin


The Ohio Lottery’s next generation machines have not yet had the intended impact as far as revenues go. These machines were offered to the veterans and fraternal organizations by the Ohio Lottery Commission as an alternative while the courts decide the fate of the video raffle machines long used by these ... Read More
February 26, 2015ogadmin



Video Raffle Machines

While awaiting a decision from a lawsuit filed in Franklin County, video raffle machines continue to operate at veterans and fraternal organizations. Attorney General Mike DeWine’s position is that these machines are illegal gambling. Last week, the Ohio Veterans and Fraternal Charitable Coalition announced these machines have raised $12 million. Half ... Read More
February 11, 2015ogadmin


Despite a lawsuit that is still pending in Franklin County over the legality of electronic raffle machines, the Ohio Lottery has begun installation of their ‘next generation’ machines at VFW posts and fraternal organizations. 670 machines have been distributed so far.  On October 6, the software was downloaded and visitors ... Read More
October 13, 2014ogadmin


Earlier this year the state Controlling Board had unanimously approved the purchase of 1,200 ‘next generation’ gaming machines for use at VFW posts and fraternal lodges.  This was seen as a legal solution to Attorney General Mike DeWine’s opinion that existing video raffle machines were illegal gambling.  VFW and fraternal ... Read More
July 22, 2014ogadmin


The Ohio Lottery Commission has come up with another proposal for electronic gaming at VFW posts and fraternal organizations. The commission’s first proposal offered to install their ‘next generation’ gaming machines. That offer was turned down by veterans and fraternal organizations because they would only receive 25% of the proceeds ... Read More
March 7, 2014ogadmin


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine further clarified his position on the Ohio Lottery’s proposal to supply VFW posts and fraternal organizations with ‘next generation’ lottery machines. DeWine claims the proposal is unconstitutional because the proceeds for education are not enough. Under the Ohio Lottery proposal, for each $100,000 in wagers ... Read More
January 17, 2014ogadmin


VFW posts and fraternal organizations will be allowed to continue operating electronic raffle machines, at least for the next several months. After HB 325, which would allow charitable video bingo games at veteran and fraternal organizations failed to pass before the legislature adjourned for the year, Ohio Attorney General Mike ... Read More
January 3, 2014ogadmin


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has ordered veteran and fraternal organizations to cease operating electronic raffle games. DeWine considers these games another form of illegal gambling. Originally DeWine had ordered all machines removed by August 1. He backed off the deadline when he was informed that state lawmakers would clarify ... Read More
October 22, 2013ogadmin



Electronic Raffles

Could electronic raffle machines become the next illegal gambling battleground? While Ohio lawmakers were debating the legality of Internet cafes, over 500 of these electronic raffle machines were being installed at VFW posts and fraternal lodges throughout the state. Supporters say the machines are for charitable purposes. But they look ... Read More
August 13, 2013ogadmin