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TN Attorney General rules fantasy sports as gambling and illegal

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The Tennessee Attorney General has declared that fantasy sports contests are gambling.

In Opinion 16-23 released Tuesday, Tennessee AG Herbert H. Slatery III stated that gambling is illegal in the state, despite the state-sponsored lottery which is currently in operation.

The opinion continues to define gambling to include: "...lotteries, chain or pyramid clubs, numbers, pinball, poker or any as yet unnamed scheme where value is risked for profit.” 

Voters in Tennessee passed a lottery amendment in 2002 which made state-organized lotteries legal. 

Tennessee's lotteries are run by the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

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