The Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) today served search warrants on five locations associated with an illegal casino operation. OCCC Agents initiated an investigation after receiving complaints that Winners, located in Columbus, was operating machines that paid out cash prizes in violation of Ohio law.
OCCC’s investigation subsequently revealed additional businesses in Fairfield, Franklin and Perry counties that were owned by the same individual and also paid out cash prizes.
“The law is clear regarding cash payouts, and the Commission will take action against those who choose to disregard the law,” said Matthew Schuler, Executive Director of the Ohio Casino Control Commission. “We are committed to ensuring gaming in Ohio is done legally and with integrity, and appreciate the assistance we received from local law enforcement in this investigation.”
Warrants were served at the following locations:
- 777 Winners, 3649 W. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio
- Winners, 4273 Eastland Square Drive, Columbus, Ohio
- The Spot II, 3064 Columbus-Lancaster Road, Lancaster, Ohio
- 777 Winners, 430 W. Broadway, New Lexington, Ohio
- Gabriel Residence, 9995 Hume Lever Road, London, Ohio
Gaming machines, cash and documents were seized during the multi-county raid. No arrests were made, and the investigation is ongoing.
Authorities with the Columbus Police Department, Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the New Lexington Police Department assisted with today’s operation.