Ohio veterans groups disregard raffle machines ban

CLEVELAND (AP) — 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 the devices are illegal.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports 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, which is 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.

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