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Some Sweepstakes Reopen With Software Change

6:37 PM, Jan 28, 2014   |    comments
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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. -- Just a fourth of a mile west of the Caswell County line, sweepstakes strike again.

In 2012 the State Supreme Court upheld a ruling that sweepstakes parlors were illegal, but now the Village Business Center manager says the sweepstakes business can legally operate because of a change in computer software called prereveal. Prereveal lets customers know how much they won or lost in advance before the wheels spin.

Here's how it works: You pay to play. Then by pushing the reveal button, your prize is revealed in the left hand corner. Then the wheels start spinning to show you the combination that won you the money. 

Before the software change, the wheels spun first and then you saw the prize amount. That old system is what's called entertaining display and it's against the law. 

Village Business Center says the prereveal makes everything much less entertaining.

"I think it's the suspense not being there anymore," the business manager said.

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says the machines aren't different enough.

Cooper plans on supporting DAs who want to challenge the new sweepstakes software in their counties.

"There's been different kinds of software that they are arguing complies with the law. Let's put it this way, we haven't seen anything that does yet," Cooper said.

2 Wants To Know called around and found sweepstakes with prereveal are open right now in Rockingham and Forsyth counties. We've reached out to both of those district attorneys for comment, but we haven't heard back. We'll let you know when we do. Let us know what you think.

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