Several Philadelphia-area Roman Catholic churches are shutting down their lotteries until lawyers for the archdiocese can determine whether or not they violate state gambling laws, the Associated Press reported August 1.
State law allows fraternal and charitable groups to raise money with certain small games of chance, but lotteries are not among the games allowed.
St. George Church in Glenolden, Pa., takes in about $168,000 a year, or about 14 percent of its budget, from its lottery.
Prosecutors said they have never received a complaint about church lotteries.
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