AR colleges try to balance lottery, gambling ban; Harding makes exception

Associated Press - October 7, 2009 2:04 PM ET

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' colleges and universities are looking forward to the millions of dollars in scholarships the state's new lottery will bring, but on some campuses playing the games could land students in hot water.

Schools around the state that have banned gambling on campus are now reviewing whether such restrictions would prevent students from scratching off an instant ticket. At least one Christian school that prohibits students from gambling on or off campus has decided that it will make a sole exception for the lottery.

A spokesman for Harding University in Searcy said the private Christian college decided in August to exempt the lottery from its longstanding ban on students gambling on or off campus.

Arkansas State University, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the Univesity of Central Arkansas all ban gambling on campus. But officials from those schools say that they believe their bans only prohibit buying tickets on campus, not scratching off the tickets.

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