Attorney general lifts suspension for Hillsboro EDC pull tab vendor

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Posted: Friday, October 16, 2020 6:58 am | Updated: 7:38 am, Fri Oct 16, 2020.

The Hillsboro Economic Development Corp. has received a green light to return to using Powerhouse Gaming for HEDC’s e-pull tab machines in Hillsboro.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem  reinstated the gaming license for Powerhouse on Wednesday after suspending the company’s license in July.

Stenehjem had accused the vendor of using pirated software in its electronic pull machines.

The suspension forced HEDC to shut down its e-pull tab machines at Tap That and A&R Bar in Hillsboro for more than a month and switch to a different vendor, although HEDC board members agreed in September to return to Powerhouse once the company’s license was reinstated.

In a release Wednesday, Stenehjem said Powerhouse had admitted to violating the state’s gaming regulations and agreed to pay a $25,000 fine.

An additional $25,000 fine will be levied in the next two years if the company violates any additional gaming laws or regulations, Stenehjem said.

Stenehjem said charitable gaming organizations that had been clients of Powerhouse have been notified that they can resume working with the company now that the suspension order has been lifted.

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