Obama campaign criticised for illegal online lottery

A competition that was being held on Barack Obama’s campaign website has been deemed to be an illegal online lottery in the state of Minnesota, prompting the campaign to change the rules of the contest.

The competition, which offers the chance to win one of ten places to be flown to the Democratic National Convention and meet the presidential candidate, had previously required participants to donate $5 to be considered. However, the Minnesota Gambling Control Board concluded that the fundraiser constituted a raffle, which political campaigns are prohibited from running in the state.

Following the inquiry, the campaign decided to give individuals the chance to enter without making a donation, and stated that winners would be chosen based on their story, among other factors.

As part of the convention, Obama will give his formal acceptance speech for his Democratic nomination on 28th of August at the INESCO Field stadium in Denver, Colorado.