36 stores have been suspended from selling South Carolina Education Lottery tickets because of their involvement with illegal gambling machines.
WIS-TV reports that lottery officials said the stores are being suspended for six months because of the illegal machines.
The stores’ contracts with the lottery include a provision for a non-appealable six-month suspension if a magistrate determines there are illegal devices in their stores. The stores have received a letter about the suspension.
About 4,000 businesses in South Carolina sell lottery tickets. Education Lottery officials on Tuesday would not name the individual suspended businesses, but said 24 were located in the Upstate, 7 in the Midlands, and 5 were located in the “Coastal” region. Spokeswoman Holli Armstrong said there were no affected businesses in the Rock Hill/Catawba River region.