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Posted: Friday, May 2nd, 2014 10:59 AM HST

Distributor takes down machines ruled as gambling

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) A company that distributes sweepstakes machines in Hawaii is taking the machines out of businesses after a federal judge ruled they are part of a gambling operation.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that PJY Enterprises LLC is working to get the machines moved out of bars.

U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi ruled this week that people who use the machines are gambling, which is illegal in Hawaii. Gambling in the state is defined as risking money on a game of chance.

The machines sold users discount coupons to buy products online. Along with the coupons, users got free entries into a sweepstakes to win cash prizes.

Kobayashi said in her decision that many coupons were left in the machines or discarded, showing customers were really looking to win cash.

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