Massachusetts Lottery Licenses Suspended - Friday 12th of May 2006

MASSACHUSETTS – As reported by the Republican: "A top official with the state Lottery Commission said yesterday that it has indefinitely suspended lottery licenses for four area establishments where video slot machines were seized last week by state police investigating possible illegal gambling.

"The suspensions were issued yesterday, said Beth A. Bresnahan, director of communications for the state Lottery Commission. 'We take this seriously,' said Bresnahan.

"Massachusetts State Police reported on Thursday that 38 machines were seized in bars, restaurants and markets in Springfield, Chicopee and Holyoke a day earlier.

"…Business owners typically say the machines are for amusement only, but state police Sgt. Michael Imelio said many are manipulated to make payouts depending on the score. That constitutes illegal gambling…"

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