Darn those illegal lotteries. Maybe NBC should agree to give some money to send middle class white girls to UGA and then the State of Georgia can recognize this as a legal lottery.
When a Forsyth County couple sent 99-cent text messages trying to win a prize on the NBC game show “Deal or No Deal,” they engaged in illegal gambling and should get their money back, a lawyer told the Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday.
So should all other Georgians who sent text messages in the show’s “Lucky Case Game” and lost, lawyer Jerry Buchanan said. A judge hearing the case has estimated the bounty could reach tens of millions of dollars.
The unusual federal lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed last year by Michael and Michele Hardin against NBC Universal Inc. and two other companies affiliated with the show.
The case is before the state Supreme Court because Senior U.S. District Court Judge William C. O’Kelley asked the justices to answer two questions: Does Georgia law allow losers of an illegal lottery to recover the money they lost? And, if so, may the losers recover that money from the lottery’s promoter or organizer?