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Constitutional Law Keyed to Rotunda
Champion v. Ames (The Lottery Case)
Citation:188 U.S. 321 (1903)
The appellant argues that the carrying of lottery tickets from one State to another State by an express company engaged in carrying freight, though such tickets may be contained in a box or package, does not constitute and cannot under the Commerce Clause be legally made to constitute commerce among the States. The Court’s precedents held that commerce among the States embraces navigation, intercourse, traffic and the transmission of messages by telegraph. Appellant further claims that lottery tickets are not of any real or substantial value and thus are not subjects of commerce.
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