Delaware pushes sports betting appeal

DOVER, Del. (AP) - September 14, 2009 An appeals court panel ruled this month that the lottery must be restricted to multi-game wagers on NFL football. State officials are asking that the matter be heard by the entire 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.

In a filing Monday, attorneys for the state argue that the panel's decision runs contrary to U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

The state wanted to offer single-game bets and wagers on a variety of sports, not just the NFL. Delaware was exempted from a federal ban because it had conducted an NFL sports lottery in 1976.

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