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Editorial: WV Legislature getting sports betting right

The Intelligencer of Wheeling:

West Virginia ought to have a sports betting statute on the books this spring — but it needs to be a home run, not a foul ball.

Within a few months, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to clear the way for states to set up sports betting operations. A few states already have plans in place.

Estimates of how much money West Virginia state government could rake off vary enormously. About $9 million a year, the state Lottery Commission estimates. Our guess is the “take” could be higher.

Given the relatively small investment the state would have to make, even a few million dollars in new revenue would be welcome. …

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