JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Peggy Johnson, self-employed, was a regular at the Allied Veterans internet cafes.
"The most I have ever won is $600 about two months ago," said Johnson. "Ask me how much I have lost."
Johnson said it was called a sweepstakes cafe, but there is no doubt what it was.
"It is gambling, money for money," said Johnson, "You have to place cash on the card and that's what you get back."
Johnson said sometimes she would play the machines from when the doors of the business opened until they were closed. She said and there were consequences.
"It causes problems with your family, all your loved ones, everybody," she said. "It just destroys your life because you are constantly looking for that big hit."
Looking for the big hit she said cost her at least $50,000 over six years.