The state Consumer Affairs division took the action as part of a raffle-licensing enforcement.

Memory Bowling in Shrewsbury was among 59 bowling alleys statewide cited for conducting 50/50 raffles that violate New Jersey regulations, the state Attorney General‘s office announced Monday.

The Newman Springs Road facility was cited for conducting 50/50 raffles even though licenses for such events may only be obtained under the law by “veterans organizations,
religious congregations, charities, and civic
and service clubs… in addition
to educational and fraternal organizations,
senior citizen associations and clubs, volunteer
fire companies and volunteer first aid rescue
squads,” according to a press release issued by the AG’s office

The state says inspectors from its Legalized Games of Chance Control
Commission, a unit of the AG’s Consumer Affairs division,
visited all 73 of New Jersey’s bowling alleys twice between last September and January of this year.

Those cited sold or allowed the sale of 50/50 raffle tickets to both league players and the general public, the state alleges.

Alley owners may either acknowledge the violation and pay a $3,000 fine or request an administrative hearing to contest the allegation, the state says.

Here’s the state’s press release, which includes the full list of alleys cited.

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