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Ohio Attorney General Backs Crackdown On ‘Internet Cafes’
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Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine is blasting the estimated 200 Ohio storefronts that call themselves, ‘sweepstakes’ or ‘internet cafes.’
“These places are frankly consumer rip-offs.” Says Dewine.
Dewine says they’re raking in tens of millions of dollars per year by exploiting a loophole in current law. According to Dewine, the stores insist they’re not selling illegal gambling, they’re selling items, like phonecards and the opportunity to play a machine and win something is just a freebie attached to that purchase.
Dewine is backing a crackdown plan in the legislature, he says, would mess up the store’s business model so much, they’d have to close.
Workers at a northside Columbus sweepstakes cafe are declining comment.