Sweepstakes Parlors Dodge NC Gambling Bans

A North Carolina appeals court ruling preserving a broad ban on video poker machines hasn't stopped Internet sweepstakes parlors from offering the chance to win cash.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Wednesday that sweepstakes operators say their business isn't gambling because patrons are paying for computer time or a phone card. They say the hands of video poker or results from virtual slot machines are promotional devices that coax people to buy a product and get a chance to win a prize.

The sweepstakes game are legal for now. A Superior Court judge in High Point has blocked police from cracking down on the sweepstakes parlors until a lawsuit over their legality is resolved.

Legislative leaders say they plan to keep an eye on the lawsuit and the industry.


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  • by Rex Location: Htown, baby on Feb 4, 2010 at 03:49 PM
    I agree with Tom. Dont bet if you can't lose.
  • by Tom Location: Goldsboro on Dec 23, 2009 at 08:51 AM
    IF they can do it in Cherokee, then why can't they do it any other place in NC? Sounds like we aren't equal under the law? If people want to gamble, let them gamble. If we as a State are saying people can't gamble, then NO ONE in this State should be gambling.....not even the State with its' so-called "edumakation" lottery.
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