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Gambling Foes Argue About California Joining Mega Millions

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Sacramento, CA — Antigambling activists are trying to get Mega Millions out of California.

A Sacramento judge held a hearing yesterday over a lawsuit filed by the California Coalition Against Gambling Expansion. The group claims the lottery game is illegal because it´s not run solely by the state and that violates the intent of the 1984 voter initiative authorizing California´s lottery.

Mega Millions is run jointly by the 12 states that participate in the game. State officials argue that it´s just like any other state lottery game.

They say California retains control over its administration within the state, including how and where tickets are sold. The judge says he´ll issue a ruling in the case sometime after March first.