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Lawmaker Suggests Delay To Deal With Mega Millions Legal Issues

Sacramento, CA — A state senator says California should consider delaying its entry into the Mega Millions lotto game next week while it sorts out whether it is legal to join a multistate game.

Senator Dean Florez cites a legal opinion that all lottery games played in California must be run by the state.

But lottery officials say the opinion is flawed and the game will go forward. Florez is calling a hearing by his Senate committee. He´s also asking state officials to detail whether any harm would come from a delay.

Critics say the possible violation of California´s lottery law invites lawsuits from other gambling interests, including Indian tribes with casinos. California´s involvement could boost jackpots as high as $500 million.