Lorain County skill centers closed in raid
ELYRIA, Ohio – The Ohio Casinos Control Commission on Wednesday served search warrants against two Lorain County businesses associated with illegal gambling.
The raid comes two weeks after a News 5 exclusive investigation into the explosion of so-called “gaming centers” that state regulators suspect are in fact illegal casinos operating in worn out strip centers across the state.
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Wednesday’s raid involved Lucky Arcade in Amherst and Game City in Elyria after investigators received complaints and later found the companies were operating illegal slots and paying cash in violation of Ohio law.
“These companies have taken advantage of vulnerable customers and openly flouted Ohio’s gambling laws,” said Mathew Schuler, executive director of the Ohio Casino Control Commission.
Skill gaming centers are among 88 that state regulators have shut down or are still under investigation in recent years.
No one has been arrested, but both sites have been closed as the investigation continues.
The Amherst Police Department, the Lorain County District Attorney’s Office, the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office and the Lorain County Drug Task Force were involved in Wednesday’s raid.