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June 13, 2013

AG: No comment on arcade probe

Fate of Lucky 7 may hinge on cyber café law

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The town and the state Division of Standards had both licensed the machines being used by Lucky 7 as amusement machines, according to Danvers town records. Trask said the town’s approval was not a legal review of the machines, “it’s more of a weights and measures function,” Trask said. Town boards approved the business as an amusement arcade.

After Trask asked about Lucky 7 Arcade and its relation to the cyber café law, Town Manager Wayne Marquis and others had discussions with police Chief Neil Ouellette and Town Counsel, and the town made a couple of calls to the attorney general’s office.

The town’s own inquiry into Lucky 7 Arcade had not been completed by the time the attorney general’s office acted earlier this week, Marquis said.

However, the town did receive a lengthy response to its inquiry from owner Rosalie Parisi, which read, in part: “I believe Lucky 7 Arcade is fully compliant with both the spirit and letter of the law.”

“Similar to carnival games and family entertainment centers like Chuck E. Cheese’s and Dave and Buster’s, we allow our customers a chance to test their skills in pursuit of winning prizes. Unlike the cyber cafes where the clients walk away with wads of cash, our customers can redeem their points for prizes and gift certificates,” Parisi said in her Oct. 4, 2012, letter.

The town’s questioning of Lucky 7 Arcade drew a strong letter of support for its operators, Rosalie Parisi, and her husband, Sam, from Sen. Tarr who, in an Oct. 5, 2012, letter, stated “I believe Lucky 7 Arcade is fully compliant with both the spirit and the letter of the law.”

Tarr said in his letter the cyber café law was meant to crack down on “unscrupulous store owners who claimed to sell Internet time but actually operated casino style gaming in violation of Massachusetts consumer protection laws ... Lucky 7 Arcade ... is the antithesis of such an operation, and I am proud to have her business operating in the district I represent.” He called the business, which has operated in Gloucester since 2006, “a bedrock of the Gloucester business community and an outstanding corporate citizen.” It not only employs people during tough times, but its prizes of gift certificates to local restaurants helps boost the local economy, Tarr said in his letter.

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