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In re Request of the Governor for an Advisory Opinion, No. 150, 2009

In an advisory opinion on whether Delaware's proposed sports lottery constitutes a permissible lottery under Article II, Section 17 of the Delaware Constitution, the Delaware Supreme Court advised that the proposed sport lottery satisfies the State control requirement of Article II, Section 17 and does not impermissibly delegate legislative authority to the Lottery Director. In addition, the Delaware Constitution allows lotteries to involve an element of skill but only where chance predominates, and thus the Lottery Director's designed games must assure that chance is the predominant factor.

Appellate Information

  • Submitted 03/19/2009
  • Decided 05/29/2009
  • Published 05/29/2009


  • Before STEELE, Chief Justice, HOLLAND, BERGER, JACOBS and RIDGELY, Justices.


  • Supreme Court of Delaware


  • For Appellant:
  • Lawrence C. Ashby (argued), Richard D. Heins, Catherine A. Gaul and Toni-Ann Platia, Ashby & Geddes, Wilmington, Delaware for the Negative Position., Andre G. Bouchard (argued), David J. Margules, Joel Friedlander, James J. Merkins, Jr., and Sean M. Brennecke, Bouchard Margules & Friedlander, P.A., Wilmington, Delaware, for the Affirmative Response., Kenneth J. Nachbar (argued), Michael Houghton, Geoffrey A. Sawyer, III, and Brenda R. Mayrack, Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell LLP, Wilmington, Delaware for Amicus Curiae The National Football League.

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