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A Wisconsin company is in hot water after a judge ruled that their cell phone charger machines in gas stations are illegal, as they facilitate gambling.
The company, 'Quick Charge Kiosks', offers terminals for people to charge their phones and mobile devices for $1.00 per minute. Customers also get 100 entries into a "contest", which resembles a slot machine attached to these kiosks. Players then spin the reels with the chance to win real cash prizes. The company offering these devices has brought in more than $5.2 million since 2012, but claims that very little of that amount is profit.
The owner of the kiosks, Jeremy Hahn, lost the lawsuit, in which he claims the machines aren't gambling, as they claim that the sweepstakes is legal under state law. The judge overseeing the case disagreed, saying that the machines violated the law as they're offered in a Class "A" establishment (gas stations).
Despite having the machines dubbed illegal, they're still in operation throughout the state, and Hahn's lawyers are appealing the case.
We've certainly seen some crazy ways that businesses try to sidestep gambling rules before, but we don't know if we've ever seen anything this bizarre. What crazy gambling contraptions have you come across in the past? Let us know in the comments section below.