Proposed state bill would regulate Queen of Hearts, fantasy football

A new measure in the Ohio House would place regulations to prevent those operating games from keeping any of the money

Strong ticket sales continued Friday for a Queen of Hearts drawing that has grown to around $3 million.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Local State Representative John Boccieri is criticizing a new attempt to regulate popular games like the “Queen of Hearts” contests recently won in Garrettsville.

A new measure in the Ohio House would place regulations to prevent those operating games like this from keeping any of the money that’s collected, saying it would all have to be paid out to the winners.

The measure would even cover fantasy football leagues where players put in money to take part.

“It’s almost laughable that State House Republicans talk about getting government out of the way,” Boccieri said. “What do they want to do?…Under the Casino Commission, they want to put a for-profit corporation under the control.”

Lawmakers supporting the measure claim those operating such games are breaking the law if they pocket any of the fees collected.

The bill would also create specific rules overseeing the games.

Eight other states already regulate fantasy sports games around the country.


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