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Police sweep central Ga. of suspected gambling sites

Police have broken up an alleged illegal gambling ring in central Georgia.

A multi-jurisdictional raid hit 11 businesses and four homes in Macon, Warner Robins, Milledgeville, Jackson and Centerville, according to an Associated Press report. The raids took place Tuesday and the operation is continuing, the AP reports.

More details are expected later, but the raids are another indication that the state is still trying to get its hands around the regulation of the video poker-type machines known as coin-operated amusements.

Last year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation took over regulation of these machines, commonly found in gas stations and concentrated in rural and inner city communities. But trying to bring this gray-market business into full compliance with state law has been tough.

We did a big investigation of the process last year. You can read it here. 

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