An effort to prevent check-cashing outlets from selling North Carolina Education Lottery tickets has failed.
The Senate on Monday night defeated a House measure that would
have prevented businesses that get a majority of their net revenues
from cashing checks or money orders from being a lottery retailer.
Sen. Josh Stein of Wake County said the idea was to discourage
people who may be in a vulnerable financial situation from having
access to purchase tickets.
But other lawmakers said certain lawful businesses shouldn't be
The Senate rejected the bill by a vote of 20-23.
The state lottery said earlier this year that fewer than 10 check-cashing outlets had also qualified to sell tickets.