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Sweepstakes Business Shut Down After Investigators Discover Illegal Gambling Activity

SPRING HILL – After two alleged armed robberies this year, vice and narcotics detectives have shut down a local sweepstakes business suspected of illegal gambling.

According to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, investigators revealed that Lucky U Sweepstakes located at 5165 Commercial Way had multiple computerized games inside the facility.

Because Lucky U provided cash payouts to patron’s officials say they violated Florida Statute.

Money laundering, tax evasion, fraud, and other illegal activities are often associated with these businesses.

During the execution of the search warrant, detectives seized $4,883.03 in cash, multiple computers, and numerous documents relating to the operation.

There were no arrests today, however, officials say they are forthcoming.

There are unconfirmed reports that the owners of Lucky U are associated with other similar businesses in Hernando County that may be involved in the same illegal activity.

We will bring more on this story as it develops.

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  • Hey Joe thank you for coming back and replying on the situation to answer your question about the Socialist Gilliam, no definitely not me that was my imposters well confirmed it was mr. Imposter or mrs. Imposter, oh well what the hell am I to do about it nothing in this world surprises me anymore anyway you are spot on with your comments, as for the Imposter I wish they would just reveal themselves and what their motive is but I’m sure they won’t, this happened one other time concerning the shooting up on North 41 near Inverness or attempted shooting at a gaming store, an imposter came on calling me a homo sexual names and other childish ridiculous statements that was last year sometime I believe, anyway have a great day what’s left of it and we’ll catch up! Peace!

    Sunday, 28 October 2018, 4:13 pm
  • Hey Tom Mr. Tom lemon sir, I know you have my email, sir can you compare emails xcetera I’m sure you have a site administrator or something of that nature could you compare the two and maybe consider blocking the idiot that was on here commenting to Joe and a couple others using my handle name let me know please sir! And keep doing what you do thank you let me know please sir! Thanks much!

    Saturday, 27 October 2018, 5:51 pm
  • Hey Monica Lewinsky, as I told Joe and I also told handle name just saying, that is not the original real surfadude who’s, you read above pertaining to Liberal vs conservative first of all I don’t ever go there with politics when I come in on the site and I’ve never actually told anyone on this site where I stand on any issue, at least definitely not Directly pointed per se as my imposter said up above so no that is not the real surfer dude and I’ll tell the Imposter one more time take a f****** hike idiot

    Saturday, 27 October 2018, 5:43 pm
  • This one is for you Joe, and also to just saying, some a****** jumped on this article and is posing as me surfer dude let me compliment both of you that both of yours comments were well said spot on that’s the damn truth good job on your comments, and to my imposter really grow the f****** get the f*** out of here! I wasn’t even in a comment on this site today till I got down about two thirds down the list and I spotted myself how funny NOT!!!! Mister imposter whoever you are you’re an idiot

    Saturday, 27 October 2018, 5:40 pm
  • Hey Joe Joe heads-up listen this is surfer dude here it’s been quite a long time but apparently on this article there are a few comments by surfer dude that is not me hey a****** I see you’re back I see you’re back their a****** pretending to be me Shut the f****** get the f*** off the site just a heads up Joe the comments on the above thread or below whatever way it works in order is not me you’ll always know it’s me my comments are long with no punctuation usually or commas the spell check police are always on me whoever you are up there trying to pretend to be me take a f****** hike

    Saturday, 27 October 2018, 5:36 pm
    • Hey surfadude, I knew somthing was up since I knew that was totally out of your character. That is why I said I was surprised about your comment that you would vote for that socialist on the other post. Are you aware of the other post also that you said that you would vote for that socialist Gilliam or was that your imposter also?

      Saturday, 27 October 2018, 8:08 pm
  • I can confirm that they are not affiliated with any other gambling establishments in Hernando county, but they own at least one in Citrus County and Bradenton.

    Saturday, 27 October 2018, 1:47 pm
  • I have seen these places and all I’ve seen in there were seniors enjoying themselves without having to drive far to do it…

    Saturday, 27 October 2018, 11:18 am
  • I am many years from retiring, but when I finally get there, I hope I planned well enough. I would not want to be in the position where my only joy came from some seedy gaming joint. Sounds miserable.

    Saturday, 27 October 2018, 10:25 am
  • I guess it’s all in a days work!

    Saturday, 27 October 2018, 7:20 am
  • Dammit. I loved this place. Lol oh well Inverness pays out more anyway

    Saturday, 27 October 2018, 2:42 am
    • Do they have carribean crumble?

      Sunday, 28 October 2018, 11:26 am
  • Fix the Cop shop Radio instesd of going after those places the elderly people need to have fun go out and get the drugies there plenty in my neighbor Hood. Leave them alone and Fix the cop shop radio so I can found out what’s going on or they are finding something

    Friday, 26 October 2018, 9:01 pm
    • SOMEONE FIX THE COP SHOP RADIO!!!!!!!!

      Friday, 26 October 2018, 9:58 pm
  • Fix the the cop shop radio instead of closing these placing the elderly lady gentleman have a place to go thete all kind of drugies around my neighbor Hood fix the the Cop Shop Radio

    Friday, 26 October 2018, 8:54 pm
  • Tom, I’d like to know how it is that you’ll report on illegal gambling, but you don’t cover the death if a young mother in an accident that’s closed one of the busiest streets in the county. County Line Rd is still closed at Montavrede!

    Friday, 26 October 2018, 7:46 pm
    • Maybe if I told you that there was a month old baby in the car and that they found the baby in the cars trunk and were able to resuscitate that baby you could find something out?

      Friday, 26 October 2018, 9:17 pm
      • It’s terrible when you know something like this has happened and for whatever reason the authorities in charge won’t release the info. Also a serious wreck on 41 involving multiple vehicles.

        Saturday, 27 October 2018, 9:00 am
  • I’m not a gambler and don’t condone gambling, but it’s hypocritical that there are casinos operating in the state, you can go online and find somewhere to bet on damn near anything, there is a Florida lotto, and you can walk into almost any gas station and buy as many scratch offs as you want, but it is illegal for these places to payout in cash. I understand that it is best that strict regulations are enforced to ensure these places don’t take advantage of people, but to outlaw it completely while there are other businesses operating in the state in a similar manner is completely unfair. Do away with it all ( my best option), or legalize it with very strict laws and regulations to open such a business and to over see it. I don’t believe gambling can ever really be eliminated, so legalizing it with strict regulations would be the next best option in my opinion. Legalizing it with strict regulations would definitely help minimize all the other shady behavior these places are currently involved in.

    Friday, 26 October 2018, 7:17 pm
  • $20 for an evening of entertainment for senior citizens. WOW Now that’s great policing. I guess the Seminoles are worried.

    Friday, 26 October 2018, 7:01 pm
  • They need to spend more of there time going after the drug dealers that invest Spring Hill not these places that gives the elderly something to do instead of counting the days they have left in this Prison Planet. And who cares if this law that made this illegal in the first place by the overlords that got exposed with the VA scam they were running. We would not be in this position today. So the Sheriff in every county should not enforce this law in the first place and they know it. So do the right thing and leave these places alone and look away like you do with the Dawn Center scam.

    Friday, 26 October 2018, 6:35 pm
    • Joe, please stop with your liberal nonsense. The sheriff should be enforcing all laws, not just the ones you agree with. It’s that type of thinking that leads to sanctuary cities.

      Friday, 26 October 2018, 7:52 pm
      • Surfadude, I have very conservative beliefs. I don’t have a problem exposing Republican or Democrat. Majority of the time it’s the DemoRats that is doing the corruption. But if I see a Republican doing the corruption I’m going to call it out. The Dawn Center scam that Tom exposed is something that the Sheriff is looking the other way with but going after these places is just wrong. We all know how this law was put in place in the first place. And we didn’t vote on it the overlords did. That is a black mark on Charlie Crist for pushing this law. These places is the only thing the elderly citizens have here. If the Sheriff can look away with the Dawn Center scam then he can look away on these places. Not all counties push to shut these places down. For that reason he has to go. And I’m still shocked that you would vote to have a Socialist run this state.

        Friday, 26 October 2018, 10:22 pm
      • Really surf the other article you said you voted for the liberal dumd one…

        Saturday, 27 October 2018, 4:44 am
  • Come on HCSO Really really really can’t hernando county finest find something better to do with their time there are child molesters murderers rapists and robbers out there that need to be stopped. Why why why mess with this PLACE….. Thanks for taking the only place me and my husband and my dog enjoyed doing when we got off work. Thanks!!!! Now we gotta sit home and do nothing!!!!!!!

    Friday, 26 October 2018, 6:05 pm
  • During the execution of the search warrant, detectives seized $4,883.03 in cash, multiple computers, and numerous documents relating to the operation.
    Ok, that’s nice, but did they find anything illegal, or at least an illegal activity going on at the time of the search?

    Friday, 26 October 2018, 5:56 pm
  • luck ran out here

    Friday, 26 October 2018, 5:29 pm
  • Good job HCSO keep closing them down and keep the cash to buy good stuff fot the department

    Friday, 26 October 2018, 5:14 pm
    • Keep the cash to buy stuff for your fat department employees good thinking crazy B like they were really hurting somebody in there give me a break there’s plenty other things they should be worrying about than this place !!!

      Friday, 26 October 2018, 7:05 pm

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