Lawmakers Could Consider Legalizing Video Poker Machines

The North Carolina Education Lottery says the state could one day generate $576 million annually if lawmakers legalize video poker machines again and regulate them heavily.

The lottery released its analysis yesterday.

The Town of Snow Hill in Greene county has joined other cities in the east to restrict and tax Internet sweepstakes businesses, that's according to the Kinston Free Press.

This new stance comes as the state legislature considers looking into legalizing video poker machines again.

One state senator suggested lawmakers legalize video poker again and regulate it through the lottery, if games, like those at internet cafes, can not be completely banned.

Lottery Officials say they state could generate.$576 million annually.


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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on May 13, 2010 at 03:04 PM
    "Lawmakers", you have to be kidding, don't you mean "elected thugs".????
  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on May 13, 2010 at 10:34 AM
    Legalize it and tax it!
  • by LSD Location: Henrico, NC on May 13, 2010 at 09:28 AM
    The NC General Assembly never met a tax it didn't like.
  • by fed up Location: gville on May 13, 2010 at 07:37 AM
    Look in yuor lawmakers pockets and lifestyles that is where your lottery and budget shortages are;this would only give them more cash dollars to waste.
  • by Anonymous on May 13, 2010 at 07:34 AM
    legalize, tax and let private individuals run them. Will produce jobs and the government will still get money. Look at the millions the top people in lottery get paid. What do they do that deserves to make millions each year?
  • by jerry Location: manteo on May 13, 2010 at 07:25 AM
    I said years ago that n.c. wouldn`t have a lottery until politicians figured a way to steal the money and, well.....
  • by Me Location: G'ville on May 13, 2010 at 06:26 AM
    The revenue from the poker machines needs to be used for something other than brick and mortar. It needs to be used to pay teachers, provide healthier food in the cafeteria, school supplies, TAG, field trips....the list could go on and on.
  • by Jim Location: SC on May 13, 2010 at 06:06 AM
    Problem is, Stan, just like what happened with the "Education Lottery" money in both states (NC & SC) that much loose cash is just too tempting for a bunch of legislators to let go without looting it for their own pet pork barrel projects. All in the name of education, or course.
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on May 13, 2010 at 04:31 AM
    If the revenue will actually be used for the schools, then it's ok by me.
  • by yeah on May 13, 2010 at 04:27 AM
    Haven't we heard this song and dance before. Legalize gambling and it'll generate millions. Sounds like the same line lawmakers used used to pass the "educational" lottery and then slash the education budget.
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