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August 16, 2013

Lucky 7 customers left holding points

Prizes can't be collected following raid, shutdown

The June police raids on the Lucky 7 arcades in Danvers and Gloucester not only left the Gloucester family who owns the arcades in financial turmoil but wiped out any value of points customers had earned at the two locations and left them wondering where to turn.

Beverly resident Paul Savoy said he and his wife had planned to cash in their nearly $200 worth of points for gift cards to a favorite Danvers restaurant. They decided to hang on to the points and redeem them the following night, because the arcade had run out of gift card prizes to that particular restaurant.

“Then, the next day, I believe it was, we heard they were closed,” Savoy said. “I thought what an absolute waste of time, sending state police there. This is a totally 100 percent innocent operation that was just a load of fun.”

When Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office shut down the business on June 11, it also froze the business bank accounts and all Lucky 7 assets held by owners Rosalie and Sam Parisi. Authorities also seized motherboards from the arcade’s game computers.

Two months later, the state has yet to press any charges against the business or the family. And, under the statute of limitations, the state could hang on to the seized assets for up to five years.

The attorney general’s office has declined to comment on the case, calling it an ongoing investigation. The Parisi family, which has remained mostly quiet since the initial closure, did not return calls for comment this week.

Savoy said he can only hope that the state releases the assets and allows the family to reopen the business — not just so he can redeem his $200 worth of prizes, but so customers can return to enjoying the facilities, and for the sake of a family he had never met.

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