Illegal slot machines raided, slots seized and stores lose lottery license
Four convenience stores lose slots, lose lottery and maybe liquor licenses too
By Walter Brooks
Police in Salisbury, Massachusetts raided several convenience stores for running illegal slot machines yesterday, and at the direction of the state lottery commission, assisted in removing the machines from four convenience stores in that North Shore community.
The machines appear to be identical to those being operated in Yarmouth and Hyannis as reported here on Monday.
In the video available here on Boston's FOX television station, the Salisbury Police chief says that gamblers were lined up seven and eight deep waiting to play.
He also said that thousands of dollars are being won from each machine.
The police also reported that while the machines paid off in tickets for telephone cards, the cashier at the stores were redeeming the tickets for cash.
Barnstable, Yarmouth Police investigate
We were told that the scenario is the same in both Yarmouth and Hyannis and the machines appear in the video to be the same as the ones in our previous story.
Some machines offer the traditional rows of fruit like the one on the right while others like the one above allow gamblers to play poker for money.
In either case, any pay-off for cash is illegal in Massachusetts.
Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald and Yarmouth Police Chief Michael Almonte have known of the presumed slots in their towns, and both departments are investigating the circumstances.
"Why drive to Foxwoods when it's here in town?"
Laws of evidence being what they are, it is not enough to see the machines, but police must either see a pay-off in cash or have dependable witnesses to the event.
Even after that, the state lottery commission is the only agency that can order the machines confiscated with the assistance of the local police.
It is expected that the sweet life of gambling with slots will be short-lived on Olde Cape Cod.