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Disabled challenge lottery access

The Supreme Court of Virginia is hearing the appeal of a group of disabled Virginians who claim they don’t have equal access to the state lottery.

The complaint alleges that many lottery outlets are in violation of both national and state disabilities acts by not making their facilities wheelchair-accessible, and therefore denying handicapped individuals equal access to tickets.

The Virginia Lottery argues that retailers are private commercial entities and that the lottery is not responsible for making sure each facility provides proper accomodations.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Judge Margaret P. Spencer of the Richmond Circuit Court tossed out a suit filed in 2005 against the lottery.

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will be asked to reverse the judgement.

By Sarah Rodriguez

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