..Court Battles With New Software Prove to be a Winning Hand for Operators..
Greenville, NC – A recent law that attempted to ban internet sweepstakes parlors in North Carolina has been in place since 2006 and re-enforced by the State Supreme Court in December 2012. But because the law only seems to ban entertaining displays the businesses are not only still open, they’re growing.
While some law enforcement departments are cracking down on internet sweepstakes, some owners are remaining open. Connie Langley owns the Pirates Loot Sweepstakes in Pitt County and says, “I don’t consider it gambling because it is a pre-reveal system.”
She says new software allows players to see what they win before they play which is where “the pre-reveal” software comes into play.
Langley say since they’ve changed over the system she believes her establishment is a legal business and doesn’t cross the line of what the new law says is banned.
Attorney General Roy Cooper disagrees, saying, “We don’t believe the law upholds these machines. We believe this new software they have been touting still is illegal under the law.”
Cooper says it’s up to each individual county to crackdown on these businesses, and if they need assistance, the state will step in. Cooper says, “We have attorneys that will go down and argue these cases if asked by the D.A.’s, our attorneys are willing to help.”
But Cooper says the reason some sweepstakes gaming parlors are still open is because there are still working through the rules. Even in contacting local law enforcement about this story, many of them say they’re even unclear about the law and how to enforce it.
WJSA spoke with Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden
who says his department, along with Pitt County want to understand the law completely to avoid making unnecessary arrests that the D.A. couldn’t prosecute. There have been a handful of winning cases across the state with this new gaming system.