The Texas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that awarding gift certificates as prizes through 8-liner machines is the same as awarding cash, and the court says that's gambling, and that makes it illegal.
In February, NewsChannel 11 took our hidden cameras inside several 8-liner operations. It appeared some operators were handing out not just certificates but actual cash prizes. In order to fix the problem, the Lubbock District Attorney's Office sent letters to businesses telling the owners to comply with the law.
After Thursday's ruling 8-liner operators must also follow the state law.