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Division of Consumer Affairs
Press Release

Attorney General
Anne Milgram
Division of Consumer Affairs, Director
David Szuchman
   
For Immediate Release:
April 8, 2009
For Further Information Contact:
Jeff Lamm, 973-504-6327
 
Fines Suspended for Bowling Alleys Cited for
Violating State Raffles Licensing Law

NEWARK - The $3,000 penalty levied against each of 59 bowling alleys cited for conducting 50/50 raffles in violation of the Raffles Licensing Law and its enacting regulations has been suspended and will not be collected.

The Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission (LGCCC), which regulates raffles and bowling alleys, today voted at its monthly meeting to suspend the fines and instead issue warning letters to each bowling alley. The $3,000 fine, which is less than half the maximum $7,500 fine that the LGCCC could have imposed, will be returned to those who have already paid and not be collected from the other facilities.

The LGCCC also will conduct outreach to ensure bowling alley operators understand the raffles law.

Under state law (N.J.S.A. 5:8-51), veterans organizations, religious congregations, charities, and civic and service clubs may hold raffles in addition to educational and fraternal organizations, senior citizen associations and clubs, volunteer fire companies and volunteer first aid rescue squads.

LGCCC investigators went to all 73 bowling alleys in New Jersey between September, 2008 and January, 2009. Each bowling alley was inspected at least twice. The bowling alleys cited sold or allowed the selling of 50/50 raffle tickets to both league players and the general public.

The following bowling alleys were cited by the LGCCC:

Roselle Lanes, Roselle
Boonton Lanes, Boonton
Rockaway Lanes, Rockaway
Circle Lanes, Ledgewood
Warren Lanes, Phillipsburg
Oakwood Lanes, Washington
Jersey Lanes, Linden
Bowler City Lanes, Hackensack
Plaza Lanes, Madison
Bel-Pike Lanes, Belvidere
Holiday Bowl Lanes, Oakland
Hanover Lanes, East Hanover
North Arlington Lanes, North Arlington
Van Houten Lanes, Clifton
Strike N Spare Lanes, Green Brook
Linden Lanes, Linden
Sparta Lanes, Sparta
Brunswick Fair Lawn Lanes, Fair Lawn
Montvale Lanes, Montvale
AMP Wallington Lanes, Wallington
Lodi Lanes, Lodi
Garden Palace Lanes, Clifton
Hudson Lanes, Jersey City
Eagle Rock Lanes, West Orange
Brunswick Olympic Bowl Lanes, Belleville
Bowl-Rite Lanes, Union City
Woodbridge Bowling Center, Woodbridge
Majestic Lanes, Hopelawn
Tenpin Lanes, Manville
Parkway Lanes, Elmwood Park
Brunswick Zone Lanes, Hazlet
T-Bowl Lanes, Wayne
West Hunterdon Lanes, Frenchtown
Laurel Lanes, Maple Shade
Playdrome Super Bowl Bowling Lanes, Cherry Hill
Colonial Bowling Lanes, Lawrenceville
Brunswick Zone Burlington Bowling Lanes, Burlington
Memory Bowling Lanes, Shrewsbury
Stelton Bowling Lanes, Piscataway
Howell Bowling Lanes, Howell
AMF Strathmore Bowling Lanes, Aberdeen
Hamilton Bowling Lanes, Hamilton
Country Bowling Lanes, Manalapan
Shore Bowling Lanes, Neptune
Bradley Beach Recreation Bowling Center, Bradley Beach
King Pin Bowling Lanes, Egg Harbor
DiDonatos Bowling Center, Hammonton
Brunswick Lanes/Finnegans East Windsor
Brunswick Zone Carolier Bowling Lanes, North Brunswick
Brunswick Recreation Bowling Center, Glassboro
Brunswick Zone Deptford Bowling Lanes, Deptford
Brunswick Crosskeys Lanes, Turnersville
La Martinique Bowling Center, Stratford
Lanes at Sea Girt Bowling Lanes, Sea Girt
Westbrook Family Bowling Center, Brooklawn
Brunswick Lakewood Lanes, Lakewood
Playdrome of Toms River Bowling Lanes, Toms River
Strike Zone Bowling Lanes, Egg Harbor City
Pike Lanes Family Fun Center, Bridgeton

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