High Point, NC -- It's almost game over for more than 900 sweepstakes businesses across the state. On Wednesday, the NC House of Representatives voted 86 to 27 to back a Senate bill to ban internet sweepstakes games. According to Governor Perdue's office, she's expected to sign the bill into law soon.
Billy Corn, owner of Strike Gold Café, knew the ban was a possibility when he got into this business just weeks ago, but thought there would be more debate before the ban.
"Disappointment," Corn says when describing his reaction to the news, "You'd like to think what you are going to do is going to be around for a while."
He actually bought the café that sits on US 311, just over a month ago, "I took over June 1, sure did. So we're going to be in and out pretty quickly it looks like." He says 'in and out' because soon, his business could be considered illegal in the state of North Carolina.
Corn wishes they would have taken more time to consider it as an option.
"They considered it for the lottery, and they got the lottery in. And they won't consider it for this and save thousand of jobs? It makes me just wonder what is going on down in the house and senate."
The sweepstakes industry approximates 10,000 people will be left without jobs if this continues. Corn thinks it will reach further than that.
"It's not only going to affect their jobs," he explains,"It's going to affect the people who own this strip center; they are not going to be getting rent. These people will probably be going on unemployment. It's damaging all the way around."
He isn't completely convinced this is over. He thinks in the next coming weeks, we may see several fights to get this overturned.