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Federal judge rules sweepstakes machines on Oahu are illegal

By Star Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:42 p.m. HST, May 01, 2014

A federal judge has ruled the sweepstakes gaming machines police have seized from several arcades on Oahu violate the state's gambling laws.

In a ruling on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi said "no reasonable jury would believe plaintiff's story" that the gaming machines sell a legitimate product -- a discount coupon to purchase merchandise on a website -- and offer free sweepstakes only as a way to attract customers.

Kobayashi said that the amount of coupons bought compared with the lack of coupons being redeemed showed that customers were using the Products Direct Sweepstakes game machines for gambling.

PJY Enterprises LLC, which distributes the machines, originally sued for return of the machines seized in raids.

Since September 2012 law enforcement officials have raided a number of the parlors and seized more than 100 of the machines.

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h20dragon wrote:
Does this mean that the gaming establishments next to schools and senior facilities will soon be gone?
on May 1,2014 | 01:44PM
control wrote:
No, only the sweepstakes machines. The other machines are just for amusement (can't win money).
on May 2,2014 | 08:54AM
konag43 wrote:
check out wahiawa we have one of these gaming rooms paying cash on california ave next to foodland and on olive ave across the street from macdonalds.
on May 1,2014 | 02:17PM
noheawilli wrote:
Call it what you want Leviathan. We enjoy them, do not use them if you object but do not think you can subject me to your definitions. Does the judicial branch have so little to do that they've taken to defining videos games?
on May 1,2014 | 02:45PM
control wrote:
No, only the gambling ones. If we follow your thinking then most illegal gambling operations should be legalized also. And while I wouldn't mind that I think the holier than thou people on the island are against that as legalized gambling bills never make it.
on May 2,2014 | 08:56AM
handsomeguy wrote:
We need to bring in more dollars from the tourists and the biggest way to do that is with legalized gambling. A lot of people of tired of all the taxes we have to pay that keep going up. And wait until all the bills come in once the rail starts running. Those folks who voted for rail are in for a big surprise. Legalized gambling will solve a lot of problems. If the politicians don't want the locals to gamble, make a foreign passport necessary for entry into a casino.
on May 1,2014 | 03:58PM
Barefootie wrote:
So, when do the raids on 'Bingo parlors' commence then? How about the State and the legislature? They both gamble with the tax payers monies, and the citizens of the State of Hawaii don't see any benefits from them at all, why not prosecute them also?
on May 1,2014 | 06:06PM
control wrote:
Those of us who go to bars know that this is all about the gambling. People only play the machines because they can win money, that's why they are in many bars in town. Now if they don't allow customers to cash in winnings then it might be more legit but I've seen and won money playing the machines. Now that they are ruled illegal I expect most of these machines to disappear or get confiscated.
on May 2,2014 | 08:53AM
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