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NC Court to Judge Sweepstakes Machines

25 October 2011 by admin

north_carolina_state_mapNorth Carolina’s Court of Appeals will finally make a definitive (as least, until it is appealed to the Supreme Court) decision on the legality of sweepstakes machines. The decision is being anticipated by people on each side of the issue, as a legal gray area has complicated things for some time.

Gambling cafes offering sweepstakes machines have been a source of controversy across the United States, including in North Carolina. Some cafes offer Internet sweepstakes games where gambling is not legal. They claim legality of the business by saying that customers are paying for time on the Internet, rather than directly making wagers. Other times they are physical sweepstakes machines, with the argument being that they are not gambling games as defined by the law.

In North Carolina, in 2007 the legislature passed a law banning traditional video poker machines, which had been operated in the gambling cafes. The ban was strengthened with new laws in 2008 and 2010 that more clearly defined what games are banned. The gambling cafes, however, have continued to operate sweepstakes machines. According to the business owners, the games are not gambling machines and therefore do not violate the law. They say that letting customers use the computers to uncover potential prizes, including cash, is a marketing gimmick to sell Internet and phone time. It is not gambling, they say.

Last year, state trial courts took the case after the government tried to shut down the businesses and the business owners sued. The courts gave different decisions, with one ruling on behalf of the cafes and one ruling that the games are illegal. The cases were then appealed to the state Court of Appeals. Today the court will hear the first arguments for the case.

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