SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ attorney general says daily fantasy sports betting is illegal gambling.
Lisa Madigan issued an opinion Wednesday declaring that illegal gambling occurs when someone “plays a game of chance or skill for money.”
Daily fantasy sports differ from traditional fantasy contests because they are played over short periods — a week or even a day. Winners are decided on achievements of real players on virtual teams.
One online betting provider — FanDuel — says in a statement it’s disappointed. FanDuel says Illinois loves fantasy sports and lawmakers should make betting legal.
Riverside Democratic Rep. Mike Zalewski (zuh-LESS’-kee) introduced legislation in October to legalize the contests. He said in a statement Wednesday that the opinion gives the matter “clarity” as he negotiates legislation to make daily fantasy betting “safe, fun play.”