West Virginia attorney general: Select fantasy sports legal

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says select fantasy sports are legal in the state.

West Virginia's constitution prohibits private lotteries and other games of chance. But Morrisey's opinion released Monday after a review of state law says cash prizes from fantasy sports are based upon a player's skill in selecting athletes and the actual performance of those athletes.

Morrisey says state Senate President Bill Cole requested the opinion after Senate-passed legislation to permit fantasy sports died in the House of Delegates. The bill addressed businesses like DraftKings and FanDuel.
Several states have wrestled with the question of whether the popular games played by millions of Americans should be banned outright or face more regulation.

Attorneys general in some states have asserted that the games are illegal gambling.