Michigan Takes Action Against Unlicensed Online Gaming Operators

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) has taken action against three entities for engaging in unlicensed online gaming operations. The regulatory action is part of the MGCB’s ongoing efforts to enforce gaming laws and protect Michigan citizens.

The companies identified as operating without the required licenses include PredictionStrike Inc., Sweepstakes Limited, and VGW LuckyLand, Inc. PredictionStrike Inc., a US-based company, was found to be providing internet gaming and sports betting services in Michigan without proper licensing. Sweepstakes Limited was accused of promoting an unlicensed online lottery and raffle through its Stake.us platform, accessible to Michigan customers. VGW LuckyLand, Inc., an overseas entity, faced allegations of conducting illegal gambling by offering an internet game involving monetary wagers for valuable prizes.

MGCB Executive Director Henry Williams emphasized the importance of stringent gambling regulations, stating that illegal gambling operations are not welcome in Michigan. He also highlighted the potential risks posed to citizens by unregulated sites, leaving them vulnerable without proper recourse and diverting funds away from taxed, legal establishments that contribute to community welfare.

The MGCB’s actions are rooted in the violation of key Michigan gaming laws, including the Lawful Internet Gaming Act and the Lawful Sports Betting Act, which mandate that online gaming and sports betting can only be offered by licensed operators. The Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act criminalizes gambling operations conducted without the MGCB’s approval, with penalties of imprisonment or fines.

In response to the cease-and-desist letters, the implicated companies have taken measures to restrict access to their platforms for Michigan residents. The MGCB encourages citizens with information on illegal gambling websites to report tips, fostering community engagement in maintaining regulatory integrity. Additionally, resources such as self-exclusion programs and responsible gaming databases are available on the MGCB website and DontRegretTheBet.org to promote responsible gambling habits.

In other news, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reappointed Joni M. Thrower Davis and Andrew T. Palms to the MGCB, extending their terms until December 31, 2027. With Palms serving his 12th year and Davis entering her second four-year term, MGCB Executive Director Henry Williams commended their dedication and expertise, expressing confidence in the stability and effective decision-making of the board under their continued leadership.