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8 charged in gambling machines investigation

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GUTHRIE, OK -- Charges were filed against eight people accused of running gambling machines at local gas stations. Authorities believe the illegal operation generated $45,000 each week.

Last August, the Logan County Sheriff's Office seized 21 Vegas-style gambling machines from several gas stations. Investigators believe people would pay to play the games and if they won, cashiers would give them the money.

"If you had a winning number it would spit out a certificate that was good for cash money at the register," Captain Richard Stephens said.

Three gas stations along West Noble Avenue were involved, according to investigators. Stephens said several suspects have turned themselves in to authorities.

"According to the public, it has been going on for 5 to 10 years; that these machines have been in place. The store owners all corroborated that they had these machines for about a year," Captain Stephens said.

NewsChannel 4 stopped at several of the gas stations, but were unable to reach the owners. One suspect said over the phone that he was unaware of the charges and claims the gaming machines were in his gas station before he took over.

The Logan County Sheriff's Office said this case could be linked to a similar investigation in EL Reno. All eight suspects were charged with commercial gambling.