Lottery, sheriffs to take a closer look at video gaming operations

[private]The Georgia Lottery Corp., working in conjunction with the state’s sheriffs, launched a new effort this week to keep closer tabs on the operators of video gaming machines.

Lottery officials said the agency’s Coin Operated Amusement Machine (COAM) Division will conduct more frequent inspections of video gambling licensees, starting with those that operate in Georgia’s northwest region.

Lottery inspectors will investigate licensing and compliance issues, then turn over cases involving suspected criminal violations to sheriffs’ offices and local law enforcement agencies.

“We have the duty to protect the public and we look forward to asking our deputy sheriffs to visit venues where machines are located in order to gather useful information concerning the operation of the machines and to increase our visibility in the community,” said Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson, president of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association.

Lottery officials said the state Department of Revenue will also provide support to the GBI’s commercial gambling unit to assist in investigating tax violations uncovered during COAM operations.

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