Sweepstakes ban starts Jan. 3

Dec 18, 2012

Following a N.C. Supreme Court ruling once again banning video sweepstakes machines, stores and establishments must discontinue their use by Jan. 3.

Local police officers have been instructed to enforce the ban on that day, said Waynesville Police Chief Bill Hollingsed. Those who continue to operate the machines will be charged with a misdemeanor.

Numerous laws have been passed by the General Assembly to ban most forms of video gaming, but a 2 to 1 March Court of Appeals  ruling determined the law violated free speech.

The N.C. Supreme Court, handed down Friday, Dec. 14, found no merit to that argument, ruling that, “Since the founding of this nation, states have exercised the police power to regulate gambling.”

There is a 90-day time period to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.