Sheriff gives sweepstakes locations until next week to shut down

Published: Oct. 16, 2017 at 12:06 PM EDT
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One Eastern Carolina sheriff is giving video sweepstakes businesses until next Friday to again shut down.

Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone says the controversial video poker locations have until 7:00 a.m. October 27th to comply with the law or face charges.

On Friday, the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled that a temporary restraining order from Onslow County, which allowed the businesses to reopen last year, can't be enforced against state or local law enforcement agencies that are not a proper party to the lawsuit.

The state was sued in Onslow County by Sandhill Amusements and Gift Surplus, LLC with a judge granting the temporary restraining order on July 31, 2017. After that ruling, sweepstakes locations began reopening in several Eastern Carolina counties.