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Lottery appeals ruling in House lawsuit

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Lottery has moved forward with appealing a circuit judge's ruling in a legal dispute with the state House.

The lottery filed a notice Tuesday that it is taking the case to the 1st District Court of Appeal, according to copy of the notice posted on the Leon County clerk of court's website.

Circuit Judge Karen Gievers this month sided with House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who went to court alleging that a ticket-sales contract signed by the lottery violated state law.

The dispute focuses on a long-term contract between the lottery and IGT Global Solutions Corp.

The House argued that the contract is illegal because it would spend more money on ticket sales than the Legislature has previously approved for that purpose.

The lottery countered that the contract specifically says IGT will only get its full payments if the Legislature approves the spending.

After Gievers ruled in Corcoran's favor March 7, Gov. Rick Scott's office said the lottery would appeal.