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Judge Delves into California Mega Million Case

5 December 2005

SACRAMENTO, California – As reported by the Argus: "A judge Friday grilled attorneys defending California's entrance into Mega Millions lotto last June, saying some arguments for the Schwarzenegger administration move were unsettling or inaccurate.

"Superior Court Judge Lloyd Connelly also questioned the anti-gambling group that wants the multistate game shut down in California as unconstitutional, but he introduced his own concern that Californians might be 'disadvantaged' by certain game factors.

"At one point, Connelly dismissed a detail in an argument in favor of Mega Millions' legality as a 'deck chair on the Titanic.'

"At another point, the lottery's attorney complained about the judge's use of what the lawyercalled hypothetical situations that could pose problems to the Mega Millions arrangement.

"…The judge ordered both sides to provide additional arguments and set a March court date, after which, Connelly said, he will rule.

"The lawsuit filed by Californians Against Gambling Expansion was prompted by reports that state attorneys differed over the game's legality. The attorney general's office said the move was legal, but the nonpartisan Legislative Counsel's Office disagreed…"

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