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Florida Pulls Plug on Beverly Hills Business

TALLAHASSEE (CN) - A Beverly Hills-based company called LottoGopher.com, which claims to be "a messenger service that provides storage and handling of lottery tickets that our subscribers legally own," is a criminal enterprise in Florida, the state's attorney general says.

Florida sued Engage BDR Inc., which does business as LottoGopher.com, for deceptive trade.

LottoGopher customers can sign up for 10-day, monthly or annual memberships, and may join online pools with up to 100 other players, according to the state's complaint in Leon County Court.

The state attorney general says that LottoGopher's terms and conditions are unconscionable and deceptive - specifically, its claim that it automatically collects lottery prizes for its customers. This "is a crime in the state of Florida. Defendant's service of claiming prizes also constitutes an unfair act or practice in violation of Section 501.204(1)," the state says.

It wants the defendants enjoined from operating or offering their services in Florida, ordered to repay all the money they've taken from Floridians, and fined $10,000 for each violation of Florida law.

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