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June 12, 2013

Arcades shut down amid probe by police

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The Lucky 7 arcades allow customers to play a variety of games, and they pay off in prizes, such as dinners at local restaurants and local business gift cards, instead of cash.

Last August, Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law legislation that created a new crime “for conducting or promoting an unauthorized sweepstakes that is executed through the use of the display of an electronic machine,” according to statements from the Attorney General’s office. Those charges would carry a penalty of up to $250,000 per machine and/or a state prison sentence of up to 15 years.

Police removed “quite a bit of stuff” from the Gloucester location Monday afternoon as officers raided the arcade, Janine Parisi said.

“We’re just stunned, and as far as I know, the community loves us,” Parisi said. “This is going to hurt the community if we don’t get it back.”

Courts reporter Julie Manganis contributed to this story.

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