Greensboro, NC -- A ban on internet sweepstakes businesses effective December 1 may not shut operators down after all.
The ban intends to make it illegal to operate an electronic machine to conduct sweepstakes. It seems operators found a loophole that will help the internet sweepstakes cafes stay open. A sign on the door of one Greensboro cafe says it will re-open in five days after a software upgrade. And local legislator Pricey Harrison says she knew this was a possibility. "We had to leave some leeway for some of the legitimate games like they play at fast food restaurants and supermarkets. So, unfortunately the language wasn't written tight enough to ban all possible scenarios involving video sweepstakes, so I guess these folks are clever and finding ways to continue to operate these businesses."
Brad Crone, a spokesman for the North Carolina Entertainment Group, says operators will launch a new type of sweepstakes software that conforms with the law. He says a ruling by Guilford County Judge John Craig allows for the use of such software.
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