Ohio is celebrating its 212th birthday with special events at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
Ohio Veterans Groups Disregard Raffle Machines Ban
Ohio veterans and fraternal groups have continued to set up electronic raffle machines in posts and lodges disregarding a warning from the state’s attorney general that devices are illegal.
Several groups have installed more of the slots-like machines since April when Attorney General Mike DeWine set an Aug. 1 deadline for all the devices to be removed.
The machines’ $1 raffle tickets function like instant lottery tickets. Winners can earn up to $1,199 – just a dollar shy of the threshold for tax reporting.
A DeWine spokesman this week said DeWine decided to delay enforcing the ban after state Senate leaders notified him that they’re considering legalizing the devices.
A Senate leadership spokesman says lawmakers don’t have a definite timetable on the issue.