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Any gambling-related acts occurring in isles are illegal

By June Watanabe

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 17, 2014

~~<p><strong>Question:</strong> In a 2010 column -- is.gd/ndhT1D -- you stated, &quot;You can buy a lottery ticket in another state and if you win, you can keep the prize even if you're back home in Hawaii.&quot; In the Akamai Money column in the Star-Advertiser on March 23 -- <a target="_blank" href="http://is.gd/serWbG">is.gd/serWbG</a> -- Maj. Jerry Inouye of the Honolulu Police Department's Narcotics/Vice Division stated, &quot;Because lotteries are illegal in Hawaii, a Hawaii resident who purchases a lottery ticket from another state or country may be violating state law.&quot; His answer was not as clear as yours. Is your answer still valid?</p>
<p><strong>Answer:</strong> Actually, both statements about the legality of buying a lottery ticket in another state could stand to be clarified.</p>
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Question: In a 2010 column -- is.gd/ndhT1D -- you stated, "You can buy a lottery ticket in another state and if you win, you can keep the prize even if you're back home in Hawaii." In the Akamai Money column in the Star-Advertiser on March 23 -- is.gd/serWbG -- Maj. Jerry Inouye of the Honolulu Police Department's Narcotics/Vice Division stated, "Because lotteries are illegal in Hawaii, a Hawaii resident who purchases a lottery ticket from another state or country may be violating state law." His answer was not as clear as yours. Is your answer still valid?

Answer: Actually, both statements about the legality of buying a lottery ticket in another state could stand to be clarified. Login for more...



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