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Rejecting pro sports league demands, West Virginia Lottery approves sports betting rules

By PHIL KABLER

Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Seemingly ending months of tumult, the West Virginia Lottery Commission approved sports betting rules Wednesday — after rejecting changes that professional sports leagues contended were needed to preserve the integrity of their games.

“There’s been a whole lot of talk about integrity, integrity fees,” Lottery Director John Myers told the commission.

However, Myers said integrity has always been an integral part of the state Lottery, because, if players aren’t confident in the integrity of all Lottery games, including sports betting, they’ll stop playing.

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