LUDLOW, KY (FOX19) - A Ludlow, Kentucky grocery store was cited Friday for running a Super Bowl gambling pool.
The commonwealth's Alcohol and Beverage Control issued two citations to Jake Margolen, 59, the owner of Herm's Grocery on Laurel Street. He told Fox19 News that an investigator entered his store just before 11 a.m. Friday morning and asked to see his ABC Liquor License which he had displayed on a wall. The investigator then went to the front desk and asked to look under a pad where Margolen said he kept the pool money.
He said he's had the pool for years and this year had $425 saved up to disperse to the winners after Sunday night's game. He feels he's been singled out and that he is like many other people who have a Super Bowl Pool.
On the citation obtained by Fox19 News, the investigator wrote, "Owner Jake Margolen was conducting 3 Super Bowl brackets for the game on Feb. 5, 2012. Three envelopes containing entry money along with bracket charts containing names of entries was taken during a routine inspection of the premises. A chart for the AFC games was also found."
Another document said, "Gambling is prohibited on ABC licensed premises, unless the activity is licensed by the Kentucky Lottery, the Kentucky Racing Commission for pari-mutual betting, or the Office of Charitable Gaming".
In addition to losing all the money they contributed to the pool, patrons of the establishment were miffed by the charges.
"I think it's a shame that the ABC has nothing better to do but to bust a little bitty corner grocery store", said Donald Jones, "This little place right here is just a gathering place for about the same people every night who gathers here to have a beer or two and we have a little bitty football card going which everybody gets in on and the proprietor gets nothing out of it, the people that get in it get all of it".
"This is just for amusement only and when I heard that they served him today for gambling and running bets and things like that, I was blown away," said Bill Jones.
Possession of Gambling Records in the Second Degree (KRS 528.060) is a Class "A" misdemeanor which, if convicted, carries a sentence of up to a year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. Permitting Gambling (KRS 528.070) is a Class "B" misdemeanor and, if convicted, has a possible sentence of up to six months in jail and up to a $500 fine.