According to police, search warrants were served at Lance's Convenience Store (3821 Edison Ave.), Bullock's Superstop (15536 I-30), Phillips 66 (15541 I-30), Jimmy's Superstop (901 Edison Ave.), and Texaco EZ GO (1921 Hwy 5 North).
Detectives determined that customers at these businesses were receiving merchandise and gasoline as "prizes" that were awarded from slot-style machines, police say.
The owners of each business were given citations for keeping a gaming device, and the machines were confiscated as evidence.
Police say the investigation is ongoing and there is a possibility of additional businesses being cited in the future.
Anyone with information about these incidents is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at 778-1171 or 315-TIPS.
Individuals also may send an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text or go to www.crimereports.com and submit a tip there.