Lottery Lawsuit

The first scratch-off games have been unveiled. The computer terminals are installed at convenience stores across the state. But there's one big hurdle to clear before North Carolina's lottery can get started. Attorneys are due in court tomorrow to argue over whether the Legislature violated the state Constitution in the way it passed the lottery law. If the ruling goes against the state, that could stop the games from beginning as scheduled on March 30th. Former state Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr is the lead attorney for the group fighting the lottery. He says there's NO loss if the games don't start on time -- no tickets have been sold and no money has been collected. And he says, if the law was broken, it doesn't matter "how fast the train is going or who is driving it" -- the lottery should be stopped.


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