Jeff Kelly

'Sweepstakes' game rooms raise legal, tax questions

'Sweepstakes' game rooms raise legal, tax questions

Lillie Chappell was up about $50, then down about the same, and was into her third hour playing a video game — pressing a button on the computer screen and watching tumbling four-leaf clovers, bars, horseshoes, numeral sevens. Compared with slot machines she'd played at Delaware Park, she said this was "pretty much the same."

Chappell, a retiree from Catonsville, wasn't playing at a casino but in a game room at Patapsco Bingo in Baltimore — one of several that have opened in the area in the past year offering cash winnings on computer games.

While state-sanctioned slots casinos are planned in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore and Rocky Gap after zoning and other...