Judge gives Justice Department a deadline in lottery case

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal judge has given the U.S. Justice Department two weeks to clarify its stance on laws regulating internet gambling after hearing arguments from New Hampshire officials.

The case has potential implications for the future of state lotteries and the programs, often educational, that they fund.

The judge issued the deadline Thursday for the department to determine the reach of the federal Wire Act and then another seven days for other parties to respond. After that, the judge is expected to rule on the lawsuit filed by the New Hampshire Lottery Commission.

It’s unclear whether the ruling would apply only to New Hampshire or to all 47 states with government operated lotteries.

Several of those, including Michigan and Pennsylvania, filed friend-of-the court briefs in this case.