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W.Va. lottery officials reviewing fraternal groups

November 22, 2013
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Lottery officials are reviewing records for limited video lottery outlets licensed as fraternal organizations to ensure that are legitimate fraternal or veterans' groups.

The review launched by Lottery Director John Musgrave is in response to complaints from bar and club owners. They have said competitors have affiliated with obscure fraternal groups to operate up to 10 video lottery machines. The maximum for bars and clubs is five.

The Charleston Gazette ( ) reports that Musgrave told the Lottery Commission of the review on Thursday.

This month, Musgrave sent a letter to all 170 limited video lottery locations operating as fraternal groups as part of the review. Among other requests, the letter seeks to ensure they have been granted tax-exempt status as a fraternal group by the IRS.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette,



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