Va. Supreme Court to hear accessibility case

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The state Supreme Court will hear arguments by four Virginia residents who contend only a fraction of lottery outlets are accessible to all.

The justices will hear Tuesday the case of the four handicapped Virginians, who complain that people who use wheelchairs or have other physical challenges are denied equal access to play the lottery.

According to their lawyers, the lottery said that in 1999 and 2000 it found that 93.4 percent of lottery retailers it surveyed had accessibility problems.

The lottery argues it is not its legal responsibility to make sure that retailers are accessible to the handicapped.

The claim found its way to the state's highest court after a Circuit Court judge in Richmond tossed the suit in 2005.

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