Utah Looks To Crack Down On Sweepstakes Machines

An anti-gambling bill is set to be taken up in the Senate after the House overwhelmingly passed the measure to eliminate electronic sweepstakes machines found in convenience stores and gas stations throughout Utah.

House Bill 23 is designed to close a loophole in state gambling laws that has allowed sweepstakes machines to continue to be offered despite a crackdown by law enforcement and the Utah Attorney General’s office over the last two years. 

The games, defined in HB 23 as “fringe gaming,” allow Utahns to buy tokens to a device similar to a slot machine where they push a button in hopes of winning larger sums in the form of rewards cards.

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