Thursday, July 29, 2004

Attorney general puts lottery in charge of charitable bingo



The Associated Press

COLUMBUS - The Ohio attorney general's office on Wednesday transferred its authority to issue licenses for charitable bingo and oversee the games to the Ohio Lottery Commission.

The lottery has issued licenses to its agents since 1974 and has the tools and expertise to handle the job, the agency said.

The commission first will take over licensing and renewals of existing licenses, then visit sites to ensure operators are keeping proper records, the agency said. The commission also will audit license-holders' records and determine how much money is going to charitable organizations.

Attorney General Jim Petro still will have the authority to discipline operators who do not comply with the law, but the lottery commission will advise his office.

Petro will pay the lottery $1.2 million a year for administrative costs, the commission said.




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