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We all know someone who has bought a lottery ticket before, or who has played a hand of blackjack or put a few dollars down on his lucky number at the roulette wheel. Maybe you have made a small wager and hoped for a little luck yourself.
The exhilaration of winning a prize is fun, and when regulated carefully by our state and local governments, as most lotteries and casinos are, it is safe as well. The money risked often acts as a voluntary tax, which most states use to help fund schools or fill budget shortfalls.
Unfortunately, when it comes to online gaming, one man – the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson – has used his power and influence to undermine our local democracies, infringe on our rights under the Tenth Amendment, and make online gaming more dangerous by pushing sites that should operate under American laws overseas.
The issue comes down to the Constitution. States have historically policed their own gambling laws, as envisioned by the authors of the Tenth Amendment. For a number of years, when it came to online gambling, the Department of Justice (DOJ) was intent on dictating the rules.