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Wanting to set up a website to sell products where site

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wanting to set up a website to sell products where site resembles an auction/lottery. entrants will be limited to 500. once there are 500 entrants the pool is closed and a winner selected. is this legal in any or all of the 50 states?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  CalAttorney2 replied 1 year ago.

No, you are running a gambling site. This is legal in Nevada, and Atlantic City, NJ, as well as on certain Tribal Lands. All of these locations strictly control gaming, and very few allow internet gaming of any sort.

Opening up such a site is a good way to find yourself in trouble with state regulatory agencies, and potentially local law enforcement.

For a very good summary of gaming laws by state, see this website: http://www.gambling-law-us.com/State-Laws/