Is it Legal for a U.S. citizen to promote a gambling affiliate that advertises only to customers overseas?

I had a personal interest in promoting a website that is a lottery ticket website. Then, after reading some web articles, I see that there is a legal issue with someone from the U.S. doing that since the year 2006. The new law since then states that a U.S. citizen who promotes gambling is "aiding and abetting a crime". Yet, there are many other websites that suggest that the opposite is true, and that there is no legal issue with promoting a lottery website.
I would like someone here to tell me the facts straight, if I promote "www.thelotter.com" which is a site for people in foreign countries to buy lottery tickets, will I be in trouble? Keep in mind that the computer systems of the internet have anti-cheating systems so that it's unlikely that someone from the U.S. would be able to buy a ticket through my sales efforts.

So far, I have not made any sales. I have just spent money for PPC ads without getting any sales.
Leonard GojerCAD Technician/ProgrammerAsked:
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David CarrCommented:
It depends on how you promote and how you get paid for your promotion. You need to speak with an experienced gaming lawyer.
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
If you are not sure, talk to your lawyer.  If you are not sure, it is also a good clue.

If this is not your site and you are doing this via an affilate marketing scam and buying ppc ads, all you are doing is giving them free traffic on your own dime.  The probability of making money on many affiliate programs is small.
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Leonard GojerCAD Technician/ProgrammerAuthor Commented:
I see. So even if the affiliate was a normal product, it would still be like a scam. That pretty much agrees with the experience I had trying to be an affiliate.
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Leonard GojerCAD Technician/ProgrammerAuthor Commented:
Thank you for answering the question.
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
I'm sure there are some people making money in affiliate marketing.  The business model just does not make sense to me.  Marketing typically works by hitting a person with many touch points and at different times in order to make a sale.  Many times, you don't even realize there is a message in front of you.  (The apple notebook always open on Jimmy Fallon).  

You may have 100 clicks per month for this product, but so do 1000 others.  The company now has 100,000 clicks essentially for free.  It is very possible I clicked on those ads more then  several times before making a purchase.    Who get's the credit?  They say there is a formula of x-y-z but who really knows.  It is the last ad?  Or the first ad?  Somebody with a cookie dropped?

I ran a site with a lot of traffic making good money from adsense.  I experimented with replacing a portion of the ads with ads I signed up with vai a well known affiliate  3rd party.  After 3 months I made nothing and also lost out by replacing a good portion of my google ads.   So I am biased.
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Leonard GojerCAD Technician/ProgrammerAuthor Commented:
I think that this business model is not for my particular personality, because I could not deal with a situation where the question of success is fluctuating up and down like that. I am going to close my affiliates.
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