At the behest of the Illinois and New York lotteries, the DOJ’s legal counsel reexamines federal law as it pertains to online gambling.
Following the review, an opinion written by Assistant Attorney General Virginia Seitz clarifies that the 1961 Wire Act applies only to sports betting. Her opinion runs counter to a 2002 DOJ policy memo which had broadened its scope.
The 2011 OLC opinion paves the way for states to legalize online lotteries, casino games, and poker within their borders. And several states jump at the opportunity.