Banning Sweepstakes Machines
Updated: Monday, December 17 2012, 08:54 PM EST
The city of Hendersonville wasted no time enforcing a statewide video sweepstakes ban upheld Friday by the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Police delivered notices to all businesses operating with video gaming machines, alerting them they must be shut down or face criminal charges.
Machines were being rolled out of Norm's Mini Mart on Spartanburg highway Monday after being shut off by police order. The owner, Michael Gordon believes players will probably move back to playing the state lottery's scratch off games without the machines. Sweepstakes players say it's no different than playing a lottery game and don't see why they're being banned.
Some gambling opponents say the state has deceived people into believing an education lottery was less problematic than other forms of gambling. Howard McKinnish says "no one talks about the cost to families where there's no food on the table because it's used to feed someone's addiction." The retired pastor says the state is just as guilty as the video sweepstakes operators at playing on people's weaknesses.
Some players say they'll miss the video machines because the odds are better than the scratch off lottery games. Teresa Allred says "the only reason the state doesn't want them is because they can't make any money off them."
By Frank Fraboni
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