Report: Texas lottery officials pursued fantasy sports game

BY foxsports • January 15, 2016

DALLAS (AP) Records show that for months, the Texas Lottery Commission aggressively pursued efforts to get the Texas lottery involved in the multibillion-dollar fantasy sports gaming business.

The Dallas Morning News reports ( ) that commission Executive Director Gary Grief wanted a deal with DraftKings so that the commission could offer fantasy sports games. The newspaper reviewed more than 400 pages of emails.

DraftKings later became embroiled in a scandal over insider betting.

Commission Chairman Winston Krause told the Morning News that Grief explored the matter at a lawmaker's urging. Krause said he couldn't remember the lawmaker's identity.

The records contradict the commission's public statements that it was pursuing only traditional lottery draws and scratch-off games.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered the commission to end its pursuit.


Information from: The Dallas Morning News,

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