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Video Lottery Establishments Fined


Seven video lottery establishments posing as fraternal lodges have been fined by the West Virginia Lottery Commission.
Three establishments must each pay a $1,000 fine. The others were each fined $500.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the commission imposed the fines on Tuesday. Another establishment was given a warning.
The fines stem from a Lottery investigation prompted by complaints from bar and club owners that the establishments weren’t fraternal lodges.
Under state law, fraternal organizations can have up to 10 video lottery machines. The limit for bars and clubs is five machines.
Musgrave says some of the establishments didn’t have membership lists. Some opened their doors to anyone.
The commission also fined a limited video lottery machine distributor $6,000 for violating state laws regarding fraternal organization.