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pea-shake

pea-shake
 n.— «Many Hoosier Lottery games are patterned after games that have been played in pea-shake houses for years, such as selecting winning combinations of three or four numbers, pull tabs and tickets. People pay 2 cents and more to play, and a winner can collect several thousand dollars. The winning numbers are based on the numbers painted on “peas,” which are like dice but with just one number, 0-9. The peas are shaken from a container at least four times a day at each house.…Police say the pea-shakes, also known as ticket houses, and the poker clubs are magnets for drug dealers, thieves and other criminal activity.» —“IMPD steps up attack on gambling” by Vic Ryckaert Indianapolis Star Mar. 17, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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