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Commercial Gambling Unit

Special Agent in Charge Charge Cindy Ledford

GBI Headquarters
3121 Panthersville Road
Decatur, GA 30034

404-270-8491 - phone
404-270-8864 - fax

 

In August of 2013, at the request of the Governor and the Georgia Lottery Corporation, the GBI created a Commercial Gambling Unit (CGU).  The CGU is tasked with enforcing Georgia’s commercial gambling laws as they relate to the Coin Operated Amusement Machines (COAM) seen in convenience stores and other businesses around the state.  The machines can be legally housed in these businesses as long as they are properly licensed through the Georgia Lottery.  Based on Georgia law, customers who play the machines may ONLY redeem credits for in-store merchandise, fuel, or lottery tickets.  Redeeming credits for cash payouts is NOT LEGAL in Georgia and violators will be prosecuted.  Currently, the CGU is staffed with GBI agents, an intelligence analyst and support staff personnel.  

  If you have a complaint or tip about a location housing the COAM machines and providing cash payouts,  you may submit the information through the Georgia Lottery Corporation’s COAM Anonymous Tip Line at 855-515-0004 or online at www.galottery.com/retailers.