The judge said he also felt Californians may be disadvantaged by the fact that gamblers in many other states have more time – up to a year – to collect their prizes. In California, players have only 180 days. Steve Geissinger, (916) 447-9302 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – A Sacramento judge on Friday questioned state attorneys fighting to prove California’s entrance into the multistate Mega Millions lotto last June was legal, saying he found aspects of their arguments unsettling or inaccurate. Superior Court Judge Lloyd Connelly – who said he believes Californians may be “disadvantaged” by certain game factors – also questioned the anti-gambling group that wants the game shut down in California as unconstitutional. The judge ordered both sides to provide additional arguments and set a March court date, after which Connelly said he will rule. At the center of the court battle is whether voters in 1984 approved a lottery just within California, or one that could be connected to other states. The Attorney General’s Office said the move was legal but the nonpartisan Legislative Counsel’s Office disagreed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger supports joining Mega Millions as a way to raise more money for schools in deficit-plagued California. A third of all lottery sales go to education. During court arguments, Marc Le Forestier, the deputy state attorney general who represented the lottery, said the joint powers authority set up between California and other Mega Millions states does not relinquish any essential powers to them. The Lottery Commission was simply “exercising discretion” as permitted under the Lottery Act, Le Forestier argued. But Nick Roxborough of Woodland Hills – attorney for Californians for Gambling Expansion – disagreed, saying California is giving up control in a lotto game that’s structured and managed differently than those in this state. Connelly said the assertion was “discomforting” and that he thought claims were “wrong” that Mega Millions would not affect voter-mandated divisions of California lottery finances.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The Newbury Park Library will host a discussion of the biggest stories of the year ignored or under-covered by the media, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 2331 Borchard Rd., Newbury Park. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mobile Solutions, which brings Braille Institute programs and services to areas outside downtown Los Angeles, will stop from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at One Generation Senior Center, 18255 Victory Blvd., Lake Balboa. Call 818-705-2345 for an appointment. Students of Emek Hebrew Academy Teichman Family Torah Center will put on a variety of Hanukkah performances, 9:30 a.m., with an evening performance at 6 p.m., at the Jewish Home for the Aging, 18555 Victory Blvd., Reseda. Chabad of Thousand Oaks and Janss Marketplace will host a Hanukkah Family Festival from 5 to 7 p.m., at Janss Marketplace at the corner of Hillcrest Drive and Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. The Jewish Community Center at Milken will be holding a community candle-lighting ceremony, with concert to follow, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. Free to members with SOVA kosher food bank donation. Admission $2.