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For the purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the following meanings ascribed to them respectively.
ACCESS. The meaning ascribed to it in ILCS Ch. 720, Act 5, § 16D-2.
COMPUTER. The meaning ascribed to it in ILCS Ch. 750, Act 5, § 17-0.5.
GAMBLING DEVICE. Any clock, tape machine, slot machine or other machines or device for the reception of money or other thing of value on chance or skill, or upon the action of which money or other thing of value is staked, hazarded, bet, won or lost; or any mechanism, furniture, fixture, equipment or other device designed primarily for use in a gambling place. A GAMBLING DEVICE does not include the following, as more specifically defined in ILCS Ch. 720, Act 5, § 28-2(a)(1) through (a)(5):
(1) Coin-in-the-slot operated mechanical devices;
(2) Vending machines;
(3) Crane games;
(4) Redemption machines; and
(5) Video gaming terminals.
INTERNET. An interactive computer service or system or an information service, system or access software provider that provides or enables computer access by multiple users to a computer server, including, but not limited to, an information service, system, or access software provider that provides access to a network system commonly known as the INTERNET or any comparable system or service, and also including, but not limited to, a world-wide web page, newsgroup, message board, mailing list or chat area on any interactive computer service or system or other online service.
LOTTERY. Any scheme or procedure whereby one or more prizes are distributed by chance among persons who have paid or promised consideration for a chance to win such prizes, whether such scheme or procedure is called a lottery, raffle, gift, sale or some other name, excluding savings promotion raffles authorized under § 5g of the Illinois Banking Act (ILCS Ch. 205, Act 5, § 5), § 7008 of the Savings Bank Act (ILCS Ch. 205, Act 205, § 7008), § 42.7 of the Illinois Credit Union Act (ILCS Ch. 205, Act 305, § 42.7), § 5136B of the National Bank Act (12 U.S.C. 25a), or § 4 of the Home Owners Loan Act (12 U.S.C. 1463).
POLICY GAME. Any scheme or procedure whereby a person promises or guarantees by any instrument, bill, certificate, writing, token or other device that any particular number, character, ticket or certificate shall in the event of any contingency in the nature of a lottery entitle the purchaser or holder to receive money, property or evidence of debt.
(1999 Code, § 135.01)
Similar provisions under state law, see ILCS Ch. 720, Act 5, § 28-2