State Appeals Court Says Sweepstakes Ban Unlawful

A divided state appeals court has struck down North Carolina's ban on video sweepstakes machines, saying it is overbroad and infringes on free speech.

The state Court of Appeals ruled 2-to-1 Tuesday to strike down the 2010 law. The split decisions in a pair of lawsuits mean cases involving the Legislature's long-running effort to stop the spread of video poker-style games are likely to be heard by the state Supreme Court.

The law said sweepstakes operators cannot use a video screen to reveal a sweepstakes prize, but Judge Ann Marie Calabria wrote that the Legislature was wrong to categorically forbid screens from conveying the results in a constitutionally protected manner.

Judge Robert C. Hunter wrote the dissenting opinion, saying the law should be upheld because it regulates conduct, not speech.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by player Location: greenville on Mar 6, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Well if they are going to remain in business someone needs to explain the real meaning of winning and stop the cheating. With that being said if I find out they've been cheating I will have them shut down without the court system being involved
  • by A B on Mar 6, 2012 at 11:51 AM
    Now all we need is some nice casino gambling boats Im game
  • by Disgusted Location: ENC on Mar 6, 2012 at 10:00 AM
    If the state is going to allow this, they might as well legalize gambling and open up REAL casinos that have class!
  • by crystal Location: washington on Mar 6, 2012 at 08:52 AM
    Well I just want to say tht is, in my home a blessin! MU hubby manages & im a employee @ ! in wash. nc & I beleive its peoples decision if thy play these games or not..i know its a way of living for us..& i dint want this job to go away like soo many these past couple of years! Thank YOu! I can breath for now!
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      by Seriously?? on Mar 6, 2012 at 09:59 AM in reply to crystal
      Your english is terrible! You had better keep this job!
  • by Retired LEO Location: Jacksonville on Mar 6, 2012 at 08:47 AM
    If you can buy powerball tickets and scratch off tickets, Why not video sweepstakes machines? Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black to me.
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      by REM on Mar 6, 2012 at 11:23 AM in reply to Retired LEO
      The state couldn't hide the money and launder it somewhere else if it comes from private business.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 6, 2012 at 08:40 AM
    Yeah more welfare money to gamble with!
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      by Eric Heath on Mar 6, 2012 at 09:34 AM in reply to
      Well its about time. Now maybe other states will look at this and take a different stand point. www.jksweepstakes.com
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        by REM on Mar 6, 2012 at 11:15 AM in reply to Eric Heath
        Oh, nice. Spam.
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          by eric heath on Mar 9, 2012 at 12:00 PM in reply to REM
          not spam, just a little plug haha
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