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It’s Official: Fantasy Sports League Payouts Legal in N.Y.

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Fantasy sports leagues that award prizes to participants are sufficiently skill-based that they aren’t banned under New York’s anti-gambling laws, the state’s high court ruled.

The decision comes after a lower court sided with an anti-gambling group that claimed a 2016 New York law allowing daily fantasy sports contests was unconstitutional. The state, which dropped lawsuits against fantasy gaming companies FanDuel Inc. and DraftKings Inc. after the law passed, had appealed.