In September, 2018 the Casey County Sheriff's Office executed a series of search warrants that led to the seizure of 22 illegal gambling machines at retailers. The machines were described in a state lottery news release as "video poker and other electronic gambling devices."
Subsequently, licensees affiliated with six Kentucky Lottery outlets have pled guilty to a Class A misdemeanor of possession of a gambling device, the news release said. State law mandates any retailer convicted of illegal gambling activities cannot sell state lottery tickets for 10 years.
As a result, the following retailers have had their licenses terminated and will no longer sell Kentucky Lottery products:
- Mukeshabai Patel and Rameshkumar Patel, B&W Grocery, 7285 East Highway 70, Yosemite
- Jitendrakumar Patel, Crockett Trail General Store at 7625 West KY 70 in Liberty, Sallies Food Mart 2 at 6554 W Ky 70 in Liberty, OM Food Mart at 116 Bradsfordville Road in Mannsville, and Gia's Supermarket at 163 Hustonville St. in Liberty
- Mamta Patel, S&T Market, 5838 Hwy 49 in Liberty
"State law is very direct about what actions have to be taken when a retailer is convicted of illegal gambling activity," Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Tom Delacenserie said.
"We appreciate the efforts of the Casey County Sherriff's Office, and will continue to remain vigilant to watch for any other outcomes such as these. Maintaining the integrity of our legal games is paramount to our mission, and anything which violates this statute will be met with the same outcome."