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Illinois Village Set to Prohibit Sweepstakes Machines

July 12, 2019
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A village in Illinois is set to prohibit electronic sweepstakes machines, stating they are similar to video gambling devices.

In the first quarter of the year, Huntley and Mundelein banned the machines in their municipalities, claiming they constitute illegal gambling.

Now, Arlington Heights, located in Cook County, plans to join them with village Trustee Rich Baldino saying that they resemble video gambling.

This week, the village board voted in favor of drafting a legislation that would prohibit them.

In contrast, Cory Aronovitz, an attorney for sweepstakes machine operators, wants the trustees to allow the devices, claiming that one could produce $10,000 per year in tax revenue for Arlington Heights.

Sweepstakes kiosks are unregulated in the state because they don’t pay out cash. After a few free credits, customers have to insert money to continue playing. Winners get coupons they can redeem to obtain products.

It remains to be seen whether the board will decide to ban them.

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