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April 23, 2012

Liberty Tree Mall to get Lucky 7 Arcade

Note: A correction ran for this story. It may be found here.

DANVERS — The owner of the Lucky 7 casino-style arcade in Gloucester plans to open a second location inside the Liberty Tree Mall on Independence Way.

If not for the need to construct handicapped-accessible bathrooms, said Rosalie Parisi, the owner and manager of Lucky 7 LLC, the arcade would have been open by the end of April.

The Gloucester location has been open for six years, but it could take another month for the Danvers location to open with its penny video slot games.

On Tuesday, selectmen granted approval of an application by Lucky 7 for 41 coin-operated amusement devices. The business had to go before the Planning Board for a special permit for the use in March 2011, Senior Planner Kate Day said.

The plan is to open in the same wing as the Registry of Motor Vehicles branch office, next to the former Brigham's Ice Cream location.

The town clerk's office said the arcade devices that Lucky 7 plans to use are approved by the state Division of Standards. They are licensed locally.

"It's an interesting concept," selectmen Chairman Dan Bennett said. "I hope it's successful."

The town receives licensing fees of $100 per machine.

The difference between a casino's slot machines and the games used by the Lucky 7 is "one is for entertainment purposes only," said Charles Carroll, the deputy director of the state Division of Standards, who referred questions to the state Lottery.

"Obviously, the remuneration in a casino is cash," said Lisa McDonald, a Lottery spokeswoman.

The Lottery does not have any oversight over these arcade games, McDonald said.

The Lucky 7 Arcade in Danvers will be for players 21 and older, and it will feature video games that mimic penny slot machines.

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