Friday, November 24, 2006

Lancaster Eagle-Gazette - - Lancaster, OH

Lancaster Eagle-Gazette - - Lancaster, OH:
"COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro today announced he filed suit against a Wisconsin company for selling instant bingo tickets and illegally selling bingo supplies in Ohio without first obtaining the required license, according to a news release from Petro’s office.
The tickets are also known as “pulltabs,” “tip tickets” and “rip off tickets.” The company allegedly sold the tickets to business and charities that were not licensed by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to conduct those games.

The suit was filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court against F.A.C.E. Trading Inc., also known as Face Card Promotions. F.A.C.E. is a Wisconsin corporation with its principal place of business in Kenosha, Wis.
“This company is blatantly disregarding Ohio gambling laws and, in so doing, taking money away from the charities the laws were created to benefit,” Petro said.
Instant bingo tickets are an exception to Ohio’s prohibition on gambling and are permitted because they are supposed to be used for the benefit of charities.
F.A.C.E. manufactures, markets and distributes “Ad-tabs” via sales staff and the Internet. The Ad-tabs product is an instant bingo ticket that has a coupon for discounts on certain goods or merchandise printed on one side, according to the news release. In this suit, Petro alleges Ad-tabs are instant bingo tickets and are therefore subject to regulations established by Ohio law.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office have found Ad-tabs in locations throughout the state that were not licensed by Petro’s office to sell instant "
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