Not Guilty Verdict In Duplin County Sweepstakes Trial

The first internet sweepstakes trial has concluded in one Eastern Carolina district with a not guilty verdict.

According to District Attorney Ernie Lee, Gardner Payne was arrested September 5th and charged by the Duplin County Sheriff's Office with six counts of gambling and six counts of video sweepstakes violations.

Payne ran the Internet Café and Sweepstakes business on NC 41 in Wallace.

On Wednesday Judge Henry Stevens found Payne not guilty of all 12 counts.

Despite the verdict, Lee says the state will continue to enforce the law.


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