- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California city attorney has filed a lawsuit against an illegal casino amid a crackdown on so-called Internet sweepstakes cafes that have cropped up across the country in recent years.

Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker’s office announced Wednesday it filed the suit against Lucky Strike Electronics on the same day police raided the place and seized computers and other equipment used for gambling.

Customers supposedly pay to use computers for business and personal communication. Parker says in reality they are used to play games of chance. The business is run like a casino, with customers paying the house up front to gamble, and then pick up their “winnings” from a cashier.

The lawsuit was filed last month and seeks $25,000 from each defendant. The property owner and the business operator were not immediately available for comment Thursday.


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