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Issue Date: Vol. 53, No. 1, January 2013, Posted On: 1/10/2013

Ninety Percent Of NC Sweepstakes Operators To Shut Down; Who's Not?

Marcus Webb
TAGS: electronic sweepstakes, North Carolina sweepstakes, sweepstakes video game, sweepstakes operators, Brad Crone, Internet Based Sweepstakes Operators, Jack Hickey, Entertainment-Group-of-North-Carolina-Inc

RALEIGH, NC -- Enforcement of the state Supreme Court's negative verdict on sweepstakes videogames began Jan. 3. Some 90% of sweepstakes operators were expected to shut down "voluntarily," spokesman Brad Crone of the Internet Based Sweepstakes Operators told the Winston-Salem Journal.

Not all operators are shutting down, however. In Roanoke Rapids, one movie theater owner said he has modified his sweepstakes videogames in a way that local officials believe complies with the law. Jack Hickey told reporters of a local TV station that his machines have been reprogrammed to reveal outcomes before players spin the reels. | SEE STORY

The aggressiveness of local law enforcement with respect to the new ban varies widely across jurisdictions in the state, according to the Journal.

Two years ago, acting as a spokesman for the Entertainment Group of North Carolina, then the state's major operator association, Crone told Vending Times that most operators would continue to operate sweepstakes games despite a new state law that banned the devices. | SEE STORY

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