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Kentucky Lottery President Against Adelson Bill to Ban Online Gaming

March 16, 2015

For Immediate Release:
March 16, 2015

Contact:
Alison Siciliano, 202-436-5565/aharden@c4cop.com
Kristen Hawn, 202-320-3792/khawn@c4cop.com

Kentucky Lottery President Against Adelson Bill to Ban Online Gaming
RAWA Tramples on Lotteries and States’ Rights

(Washington, DC) Arthur Gleason, President and CEO of Kentucky’s Lottery Corporation, sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging him to oppose the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) bill that would attempt to ban all online gaming in the United States.

In the letter, Mr. Gleason says, “Historically, the regulation of gaming has been left to state governments, and for good reason. States can best determine the sensibilities of their citizens, and thus should be allowed to decide for their citizens what, if any, gaming should be allowed within their own borders.”

The Coalition for Online and Consumer Protection strongly agrees that individual states, not Congress, are best positioned to decide if and how online gaming works in their communities.

New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada have successful, well-regulated Internet gaming frameworks in place today, as do several state lotteries. They have demonstrated that well-regulated Internet gaming frameworks with state of the art technology keep children off of regulated sites, ensure that the activity only occurs within the borders of states that have authorized such activity, protect consumers from fraud and otherwise protect law enforcement rights. The best way to deter dangerous criminal activity – including fraud, money laundering and terrorist financing – is to establish regulated online gaming programs as in these states. Prohibition has proven not to work, it puts children and consumers at risk, and provides no help to law enforcement.

“Today state lotteries generate approximately $20 billion annually for good causes in the United States. Last fiscal year, KLC returned $225 million to Kentucky’s general fund to provide for college scholarships and grant programs and allow Kentucky’s best and brightest young citizens to further their education in Kentucky,” Mr. Gleason stated.

A ban would put these funds at risk and provide no regulatory protections in a black market.

To see the full text of Mr. Gleason’s letter, link here.

To learn more about the Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection visit our website at www.c4cop.com.