CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ohio veterans and fraternal groups have continued to set up electronic raffle machines in posts and lodges disregarding a warning from the state's attorney general that the devices are illegal.
The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports (http://bit.ly/17zIQ27) several groups have installed more of the slots-like machines since April when Attorney General Mike DeWine set an Aug. 1 deadline for all the devices to be removed.
"We're standing down for now, but we are not going to stand down forever," said Pete Thomas, head of DeWine's charitable-law section. He said local authorities are still free to pursue cases.
The machines' $1 raffle tickets function like instant lottery tickets.
Winners can earn up to $1,199 -- just a dollar shy of the threshold for tax reporting.
A DeWine spokesman this week said DeWine decided to delay enforcing the ban after state Senate leaders notified him that they're considering legalizing the devices.
A Senate leadership spokesman says lawmakers don't have a definite timetable on the issue.