Chuck E. Cheese's wants to hand out more prize tickets

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If you have a child, you might know that the video games and skee ball machines at Chuck E. Cheese’s in Lynnwood all dispense four prize tickets per token, regardless of the final score. It’s because of a city law that pertains to gambling. The company hopes to change that.

A law firm representing CEC Entertainment recently sent a letter to city officials requesting an amendment to the code.

“Currently, Chuck E. Cheese’s Lynnwood location is the only location in Washington State that cannot dispense game tickets based on skill. In fact, there is only one state (New Jersey) and one city (Lynnwood) nationwide that prohibits dispensing tickets based on skill. As you can imagine, these prohibitions have a significant impact upon customer experience and satisfaction as well as on Chuck E. Cheese’s sales revenue,” the letter said.

It went on to say that the Lynnwood location has the lowest game revenues in western Washington.

“We would like to have it become tickets dispensed per score instead of the current four tickets per coin.  We feel this would make us more competitive with the rest of the Seattle market,” company spokesperson Brenda Holloway told us.

The City Council will take up the issue in the near future, but a date has not been announced.

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