(gaming law, lottery, applications)
I'm creating a business where people can pay a small amount of money for an opportunity to win a larger amount of money by chance (a lottery). I am moving forward quickly with this idea and I need legal guidance on the legality of creating a private lottery.
I recently had a friend that looked into trying to do something like this in Texas after seeing the Mega Million jackpot skyrocket as a did a few months ago. Our research in Texas revealed that there were laws that would make this illegal. However, you'll want to consult a lawyer in your state. Set up a consulation, even if you have to pay for it. Better to spend $100 or so for an hour of time and find out whether or not you should spend thousands on a startup that the governement will block. Good Luck!
Without knowing more about the structure and business plan, I would be extremely concerned that such business would be illegal under R.C. 2915.02.
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I agree with the previous responses. Based solely on the facts you've provided, it sounds like your plan might run afoul of Ohio Revised Code Section 2915.02 (http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2915.02). You should definitely consult with an attorney who practices in this area and can obtain more facts about your idea and provide individualized guidance. You can search for someone on Avvo or contact the Columbus Bar Association for a referral. Good luck.
I am licensed in the State of Ohio, posting a response to your question or issue does not create an attorney-client relationship and I AM NOT providing you legal advice. You should speak with an attorney who is licensed in your state to whom you have provided all the facts, before you take steps that may impact your legal rights--or rights to recovery of damages.
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