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New SugarHouse Promotion Allows Gamblers Legally To Pick NFL Games

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Betting on NFL football is illegal in most states in the U.S., including Pennsylvania. But a SugarHouse Casino promotion lets you legally pick winners every week with a huge payoff possible at the end.

The rules are fairly simple. You try to pick the winners for each NFL regular season game at SugarHouse kiosks every week. There are weekly prizes and even bigger rewards at the end if you do well.

The ultimate prize; $1-million if you pick 205 out of 245 regular season games correctly.

It may sound like sports betting to some but SugarHouse GM Wendy Hamilton says it isn’t.

“Because there’s no cost to enter. So, you know, sports betting, you are paying to wager on a game. Because there’s no cost to enter here, this is just a promotion that’s based on live football. This is absolutely legal, just because there’s no cost to enter.”

You do need to be a member of their rewards program to play but membership is free. A spokesman for the state gaming control board confirmed the legality of the promotion saying different casinos in the state use similar promotions.

Reported by Tim Jimenez, KYW Newsradio

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