How Do Internet Cafes Work?

Mar 14, 2013

Internet cafes owned by St. Augustine-based Allied Veterans of the World are part of a national investigation into racketeering.
Credit Florida Times-Union

A sweepstakes café must have 3 things to be illegal: price, chance, and consideration. Consideration means that they buy directly into the game as you would when buying a lottery ticket. With an internet café, the patrons are buying internet “time” instead. They use the time to redeem points and “cash out” at the end of their session.


Visitors can come in, buy internet time and log into the sweepstakes games that are similar to video games. Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported that with around 100 computers in the café, a business can make up to $250,000 a month. They also reported that in 2011, Allied Veterans #67 raked in over $100,000 in a week.