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Congressional Authority to Adopt Legislation Establishing a National Lottery


Neither the Taxing Clause, Article I, § 8, cl. 1, nor the Necessary and Proper Clause, Article I, § 8, cl. 18, of the Constitution authorizes Congress to establish a national lottery.

Updated July 9, 2014