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Gaming Cafe Shut Down by Nashua PD

Police were seen removing computers and other equipment from the business last week.

Blinds are drawn at , and the business is apparently suspended following a visit last week by Nashua Police.

"It's an ongoing investigation and it would be premature to comment further," said Nashua Police Lt. Michael Moushegian Monday.

A shop owner at Sun Plaza, 295 Daniel Webster Highway, where the sweepstakes gaming cafe is located, said police were there last week and carried some computer equipment from the building.

The business opened June 15, 2011 as an Internet cafe and business center, offering fax and copy services. It is also listed as a licensed Comcast dealer and Ace Ticket outlet for sporting events.

But patrons know it as a 501(c)3 gaming center which falls under the state's Professional Solicitation statute.

As described on the official website:

"Customers that donate or that do not donate, can also enter free sweepstakes play by sending in a form provided by BIGS at their counter and sending it to their sweepstakes headquarters, by asking the clerk on duty to reveal the results at the POS terminal, again for no consideration or for free, or they may choose to reveal their results in an entertaining fashion by playing innocuous style casino like computer games. Whichever way one enters the sweepstakes or chooses to reveal the results, the outcome is always the same and always no purchase necessary."

There is no indication on the website or the cafe's Facebook page that the business was shut down, which has this description of the business:

Enjoy Sweepstakes Casino Like Games - Cash winnings by exposing your sweepstakes results on any one of our 30 computers. Keno Inferno, Land "O" Loot, Deuces Are Wild and many more to choose from. Relax in our Sports Lounge by tuning in on your favorite game on our 60" HD TV.The famous 2011 Golden Tee Live game! Free WiFi for all. The best prices on Boston's favorite sports teams all authentic and autographed. Starbucks Coffee 12 0z. .99. Coca cola 20 oz. .99. Red Bull $1.99. Come check us out...you will not be sorry you did!

Moushegian would not confirm whether the state was involved in the investigation, and said more information would be forthcoming.

Sonia Prince July 16, 2012 at 06:40 PM
gambling places are addictive and ruin families with children who didn't ask to be born nor did they pick their gambling parents....find another way to do business than playing on people's addictions!
News Flash July 16, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Like alcohol.
Hilltopper July 17, 2012 at 03:43 PM
or NH State Lottery or Powerball
No more liberals July 23, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Give me a break. The only reason the state banned them is because they couldnt sink their fangs into these private business owners pockets. Now you can go blow all your money on powerball and scratch tickets!!!

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