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State of Texas Files Amicus Brief Against Its Own Lottery Players

The State of Texas filed an Amicus Brief yesterday in the Steele et al v. GTECH, Inc. case pending before the Texas Supreme Court. The Steele case is a lawsuit against the private company that operates the Texas lottery. Over 1,000 lottery players sued because they were led to believe by GTECH that they would win a prize if their Fun 5’s scratch-off ticket revealed a Money Bag symbol. Their suit alleges that GTECH chose the fraudulent language used on the tickets.

In its Amicus Brief, the State of Texas alleges that GTECH should be immune from suit because GTECH was serving as a government contractor when it chose the misleading language.