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North Carolina Bans Sweepstakes - But Luckily, Only the Machines

By July 9, 2010

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For over a year now, video sweepstakes have been causing controversy in North Carolina.
Despite heavy protests by local business owners, the North Carolina legislature has banned these sweepstakes machines. And other types of sweepstakes, like under-the-cap promotions on soft drinks, might have had a close call as well.

According to an article in the Smoky Mountain News, Representative Ray Rapp was so frustrated by the exploitation of legal loopholes to encourage gambling that he even considered banning all sweepstakes. "Every time we try to do this surgically... it's a challenge, [but] cooler heads prevailed."

What Are Sweepstakes Machines?

The way the North Carolina sweepstakes machines work is that people buy cards for internet time. Every unit of time that they buy is also a sweepstakes entry. The companies running the sweepstakes usually give away some free time, so that they can state that no purchase is necessary to enter. But remember that sweepstakes have to offer exactly equal odds with the non-purchase entry method (read Can Sweepstakes Give Better Odds with Purchase? for more details), and it doesn't sound like these machines did that.

The Advantages of Video Sweepstakes Machines

The video sweepstakes machines became instantly popular, helping small business owners compete with big chain stores in their area and providing "up to 10,000 jobs during the ongoing economic slump," according to an Associated Press news article. Plus, there's a question of whether the government should be in the business of legislating morality, or telling adults what they can or can't do with their money. Is it really worse to spend money on alcohol than on sweepstakes entries?

The Disadvantages of Video Sweepstakes Machines

Detractors said that sweepstakes machines were a thinly-veiled form of unregulated, illegal gambling. Many of the people playing these sweepstakes machines are in a low-income bracket, and can't afford the loss. And debt from the sweepstakes machines can lead to crime, including the robbery of a Wachovia Bank, according to Representative Rapp.

What About Regulation of Sweepstakes Machines?

Many people said that the sweepstakes machines should be allowed to operate, but be regulated by the state. The revenue generated by these machines could be shared with the state, and, like the North Carolina lottery, could be used for good causes, such as educational scholarships.

Lawmakers, on the other hand, felt that the time it would take to regulate the sweepstakes machines would take too long to implement. Regulation would have taken a year to implement, and in the meantime, the problems would have continued to spread.

What do you think? Does this kind of game fall under sweepstakes or gambling? Should the government really tell adults what to do with their money? Would waiting a year and regulating the sweepstakes machines have been a better option? Is there a significant difference between sweepstakes machines and under-the-cap promotions? Take my quick poll, and then click on the "comments" link below to share your opinion.

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July 9, 2010 at 9:13 am
(1) Sally Snyder says:

In so many words, the state government is regulating what the less fortunate can spend their money on. It’s OK to buy cigarettes and alcohol though.

July 9, 2010 at 10:03 am
(2) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Sally Snyder, do you think gambling should be deregulated altogether?

July 9, 2010 at 10:09 am
(3) Digory 83 says:

If my people who are called by My name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. If north Carolina is doing this you can count that they will be blessed. God’s word does not return void. From the very first verse it is true.
America needs God’s help.

July 9, 2010 at 4:13 pm
(4) Phyllis Thomas says:

I live in NC, and I’m VERY disturbed by this new development. I’ve written to the Speaker of the House to address my displeasure.
We continue to encourage people to smoke (by our low cigarette taxes), but it’s not okay to do the sweepstakes.
It makes absolutely no sense.

July 10, 2010 at 5:15 am
(5) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Phyllis, do you think gambling should be legalized altogether, or do you think that the sweepstakes machines are different from slot machines?

July 12, 2010 at 2:10 pm
(6) Denise Clark says:

I have played both slot machines and the sweepstakes machines as my brother-in-law’s mom co-owns one of them. I do see differences in the games but the overall scope of playing the games is the same. What I think is crazy is that we have Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee, NC where the proceeds go mostly to the Indians. They have also just now started serving alcoholic drinks. There should be a fine line about this but evidently there isn’t. I feel sorry for the business owners but they had been warned several times that this would likely happen at some point, even to the extent of the sheriff’s department pulling out all of their machines in a “raid” type fashion. They have been able to loop hole around this until now. Just my 2 cents worth.

July 12, 2010 at 4:00 pm
(7) clovis says:

its hard for me to believe that people would fight for these parlers they have went around every law that the state had in place for them also most of the money goes out of state and is tax free anyone that has played these games know that they were gambling devices also a lot of the old pot o gold videopoker machines were retrofitted for phone time same games dueces wild shamrock sevens ect… i dont know about you all but i have a problem with out of state lawyers trying to tell us how to write our own laws i mean what purpose does it serve us it only lines their pockets they could care less about us only our money and they are using every tactic that they know everyone feels different about these games weve heard all kinds of excuses from 10000 people will be without jobs to these games were the same as fastfood sweepstakes and my favorite the gov is trying to tell me how to spend my money and when you corner these folks they will say these games are for entertainment purposes it seems that these places are compared to harrahs hey folks ever heard of the trail of tears the cherokee have earned the right to have a casino.

July 12, 2010 at 10:45 pm
(8) tkharmonic says:

I live in NC and am very thankful this law is about gambling, not sweepstakes. I’m upset the people who own the “video parlors” advertise them as being sweepstakes. There are stores in strip malls with the word “Sweepstakes” on the front and it isn’t what I consider a sweepstakes at all. Anything that requires one to spend money makes it not a sweepstakes. I think the practice in question should fall under the same law(s) that cover NC lottery.

I am not necessarily for or against organized gambling in NC, as I think it should be a ballot question for voters to decide. I am very much against any blanket law that does not discern between no-risk entries and at-risk entries.

Thank you, Sandra, for bringing this to my attention. I plan to call my Representative and both of my Senators to make my opinion known.

July 13, 2010 at 7:00 am
(9) Karen Smith says:

Sweepstakes parlors are a total rip off – every time you play a game your (ticket) is predetermined, just like a lottery ticket. Most people who go to these places think they can win big by using their lucky numbers or using strategy -there is no strategy. The only strategy is from the owners who are making big time money by setting up these businesses in your neighborhood. Yes, they are employing people, but are they paying them any benefits? Internet time is totally a joke – yes, you can get on to the internet after you have spent all your money at gambling, but you crash the machine a lot because it is’nt really set up for browsing the net – it is set up for gambling. Money is too hard to come by to waste – and the time wasted is incredible in one of these places.
Why should we tell adults how to spend their time and money – we shouldn’t, but let’s not encourage greed and say it is for entertainment.

July 15, 2010 at 12:55 pm
(10) Cameron says:

As and employee of a sweepstakes room I am a bit biased. Yes, there are people who come to our room that shouldn’t but the majority of my customers come to relax and try their luck. What difference is there in our games and the lottery or pick three or five? There are people from all walks of life coming through our doors, the media would have you believe we are targeting lowER- income people but the bottom line is people are trying to get ahead just a liitle in this fickle economy and not everyone has the means to take a hr or two trip to Harrahs. NC legislators need to be consistent if sweepstakes were banned then anything having to do with games of chance should have been banned. Perhaps a vote out will give them time to think about their hypocritical views. And no I do not have benefits but when did unemployment start offering a healthcare plan???!!!

July 19, 2010 at 5:52 pm
(11) NCSODUMB says:

Is it really worth putting 10,000 or more people out of a job, and making economic times even harder just so that the nc politicians can uphold this false sense of wholesomeness and christianity in this state? I believe the only reason the vote went the way it did is bc the churches greased the palms of these dirty a** politicians better than the industry execs did. The revenue alone that this industry could generate for the state of NC is staggering…and next year when the state has to cut budgets bc of insufficient funds i bet they will be wishing that they had the $500+ million in revenue and tax money. I mean really…what is the difference between these machines and the NC state controlled lottery?? Nothing it is just competition for the state’s lottery. They are both forms of gambling. If people dont spend that money in the internet cafes then they are just going to go to the nearest gas station and spend just as much on lottery tickets. But that’s ok bc the state is making a lot of money off of that. I say keep the machines so people can keep their jobs. NC legislature…what a bunch of idiots.

October 14, 2010 at 1:36 am
(12) MONIQUE says:

NCSODUMB, YOU ARE TELLING THE TRUTH. SEE I’M A GAMBLER MYSELF. I LOVE TO GO PLAY. IT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE HOW THE STATE WANTS TO BANNED THE SWEEPSTAKES. ME MYSELF I THINK THEY SHOULD OVER RULE THAT LAW. I DON’T ALWAYS GO TO THE SWEEPSTAKES TO GAMBLE SOMETIMES I JUST GO TO GET OUT THE HOUSE AND SOMETIMES PEOPLE JUST GO TO ENJOY THEMSELVES BECAUSE ITS A QUIET ENVIRONMENT. BUT COMING FROM AND GAMBLER I LOVE IT. I JUST LOVE GOING IN THERE SOMETIMES PUTTING ON 20 DOLLARS AND GETTING UP ABOUT 200 DOLLARS. THAT’S NOT GOING TO ALWAYS HAPPEN. WHAT THAT IS, IS LUCK. THE STATE HAVE A LOT OF COMPETITION ON THEIR HANDS I BET YOU THAT.

July 20, 2010 at 10:25 pm
(13) justin says:

yeah, we need jobs?? then why are you guys siging bills to end jobs??

October 12, 2010 at 9:25 pm
(14) amy says:

yay, someone said it. I am the manage of a sweepstake store and I sure enough need my job!!! Thanks for putting it in words.

August 2, 2010 at 4:55 pm
(15) C says:

the sweeptakes gave some people a chance to relax and have some fun, for some it was a way to win some money they didnt have. So why Wachovia may have been robbed you say because of these games, some people feel that it will be more crime because you all shut them down not to mention players being upset what about those people that are loosing their jobs. What will happen to them and their families are you gonna help/ Adopt one of those families to help them to get back on their feet? Say something please beacuse those people’s children want to know whats gonna happen to their lives now that mommie or daddy or both are out of a job

August 3, 2010 at 12:20 am
(16) g.paschal says:

I think people forget that we are ADULTS. If what ya’ll call the low income don’t play sweepstakes they will find another ” GET RICH QUICK SCHEME”. It don’t matter that people spend all their money on LOTTERY TICKETS because the state is getting money from that. I think people should be able to do whatever they want with the money that THEY worked to earn. I know alot of people disagree and you have every right but so do we.

August 22, 2010 at 8:19 am
(17) nater says:

Dont you people have something better to complain about? Your kids are failing in schools, people are still driving drunk,crime isnt going down. The money from these things can make citys a lot of money. It can afford more police or give extra cash to the schools… people are going to always find something to blow there money on, why not let them do this, and have fun, and not go to the bar get drunk and crash into your kids(i dont have kids but i will soon) ……really is sweepstakes that big of a deal?

October 20, 2011 at 8:21 am
(18) CN says:

AMEN TO THAT! We have an education lottery that is not paying for education it is padding the pockets of NC government. The bottom line is when they figure out a way to control and make money off of these establishments they will then be allowed to be open. They do not care where the rich or poor spend their money. They only care about how to get money out of the situation and where they can hide it and still make it sound like they are doing thing for our own good. If we are told where to spend our money then we are not a free country they make millions off of farm companies from the pockets of cancer ridden smokers, and the tax money from the drunk tards that are on our roads every day yet a poor man spends some cash at a sweepstakes facility and suddenly the country is up in arms! Give me a break!

September 15, 2010 at 12:55 pm
(19) ryan says:

so sweepstakes target low income communities where there may only be one sweepstakes establishment but it could be surrounded by 12 gas stations that sell lottery tickets. sounds like a conflict of interest that the government doesnt want. i remember back in high school sitting in history class learning about monopolies, but i guess government run lottery doesnt apply. and on another note, sweepstakes dont kill, but cigarettes and drinking do. it has not become the fad yet for underage users to sneak into sweepstakes stores but everyday a youth dies from an alcohol related incident. whats more expensive; health care having to pay for someones smoking and drinking addiction with tax payers money and at the same time paying for their unemployment or letting people do as they wish with their money and going to sweepstakes stores.

i think in the end it comes down to the fact that the government isnt getting their share and cant run it like they do the lottery. we do live in the united states of america right?

October 10, 2010 at 11:50 pm
(20) dave says:

sweepstakes games should be banned because i play them people say that playing relax them that just a excuss for not admiting that they are hooked on these games i spend hours and hours in these places i have won $1500 to 2500$ at a time but what i have loss is way more then that yeah its fun when ur up but when u are down and spend ur last dollar thats a bad feeling and u say am done with this place and soon as you get more money u are back in there to spend all of your money again and u do this over and over now your spending bill money trying to get ur money back but u lose now u are deeper in the hole so u lie borrow steal to get more money and u lose getting deeper in a hole and its happen over and over again people are losing wifes,husbands,homes,cars.and it needs to be stopped these games are like crack always chasing something in this case its a big win so nc please ban these games because people like myself need help!!!!!!!!!!!

October 12, 2010 at 9:16 pm
(21) Amy Rivers says:

I do not believe that they need to be banned. People are over the age of 18 that are allowed to play and I beleive that if you are old enough to sign to go to war then you are old enough to think for themselves. These people are working for their money. The way they play is the way they should want to spend it. I believe that its fun and spending a little here and there is not too bad. The only reason why more low income families are playing cause they are thinking, “Hey, I need the money.” All the rich people really dont need to play because they really do not need it . Who do you think play scratch off tickets? Exactly, low income. So what is the difference?? Its their money I believe they are big enough to decide what they want to do with it.

November 1, 2010 at 11:09 am
(22) Amy says:

I think it is absolutley crazy to ban sweepstakes. Who’s business is it who play??? You can’t smoke in public places in NC. What is next??? doesn’t make you wonder???? From my experience I see all types of people playing where I do. New Cadillacs, Suv’s Lincolns, BMW’s, Hummers…..Why try to say just poor people play??? They have no idea what they are talking about

November 8, 2010 at 6:15 pm
(23) J Poore says:

Well Dec 1st is right around the corner folks. I hope all of the hypocrites on the hill are happy. Maybe they should pass a law that we all go to church on Sunday so we will be foriven of all of our worldly sins while they’re at it. Take a moment and follow the dollar. That’s what this is all about.
Every time it moves they want a cut. If they could figure out how to get it they’d make it legal. This is not a moral issue to them. Pohibition didn’t work and neither will them banning sweepstakes. NC the “Nanny” state. We really need to have them tell us how to spend our money right ?
What do I know ? … I have worked at the corner gas station that sells lottery tickets and at the sweepstakes place across the street. It’s the same people playing both things. Funny how the education lottery money got confused with NC fix the budget money. If that was me doing that it’s called mismanagement of funds and comes complete with some jail time. Oops… that’s right the government doesn’t have to follow the same rules as the average Joe. I wonder…. Who is working for who ?
Jobless me I will be. Maybe I can send an “I owe you” to everyone for Christmas. Stand up People !

November 15, 2010 at 6:44 am
(24) Zeus says:

Scratch off tickets lottery sweepstakes….. Are all the same but different. And the difference is that the government wants all the money for themselves so they can spend money on everything BUT what what they say they will spend it on. I work in a sweepstakes place, the government says they are trying to create jobs!!!!! Guess what, NC is taking mine from me!!! I have never collected unemployment but that will change if we get shut down. And for the people that say they spend all their money on sweepstakes, grow up and make choices for yourself. Nobody holds a gun to you and says ” play that game “

November 21, 2010 at 10:14 am
(25) Carey Faircloth says:

The fact is NC should leave the SweepStakes parlors alone and concentrate on thier own business. They do not allow a private store owner to sell liquor….they, the State, run thier own stores to sell and profit from the #1 killer of people on the highways. The drunks drink and kill innocent people everyday while a player at one of these game establishments may be guilty of hurting only thier self by not using common sense and spending too much. Banning these games won’t stop them. They will just go back undercover in a house or building in the neighborhoods. Legalize it, tax it and treat it as any other business. If it offends you…don’t play. It’s like the Playboy channel…if you don’t like porn just change the channel to TCM. The choice should be with the people that earn the money. Law enforcement: go catch a crackhead or murderer.

November 29, 2010 at 3:58 pm
(26) nick says:

WHAT THE HELL 1000 PEOPLE OUT OF JOBS THATS SHOWS HOW MUCH I GOVERMENT GIVES A DAM ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WELL MY CHRISTMAS IS GONE DOWN THE DRAIN WHAT AM I GOING DO GIVE MY KIDS A STICK OR A ROCK THAKS FOR MAKEING MY KIDS STRAVE THAKS FOR ALL THE HELP UNITED STATES GOVERMEANT THE GAMES DID NOT KILL NO ONE WHAT ABOUT ALL THE DRUNKS OR THE DRUG DELARES WHAT ABOUT THEM I AM JUST TRYING TO MAKE A HONEST LIVEING BUT NOPE STOMPED THE HELL OUT OF THAT ONE SO WHAT IS GOING TO BAN NEXT WALMART OR MC DONADLS OR BUGER KING WHAT ABOUT THE FUN FACTORY SAME THING AS OUR MECINES YOU PAY FOR THAT BUT YOU HAVE NO CHANCE OF GETTING THE MONEY BACK WHAT ARE THE OLDER PEOPLE GOING TO DO FOR FUN GO GET DRUNK AT THE BAR….

November 30, 2010 at 2:12 pm
(27) USA says:

The problem is soon as Cherokee Casino Started loosing
a little profit to home town local business, Then the Money
Started rolling out to the politician’s.

December 7, 2010 at 7:22 pm
(28) fedup says:

why not close all the abc stores they cause drunk drivers that kill people, but the state gets revenue off that heck with the people and the big wigs like their social drink.why not quit making cigerrettes they kill but the state gets a big tax off of them so lets keep making them and raise insurance because they smoke so this is a double whammy. let me see what sweepstakes machines do to people. they have created jobs and enjoyment for adults as far as i know it hasn’t killed any one yet. who ever said it caused prostitues and drugs dealers to hang out i wonder where you are going and what you are lookin for never seen that at any i ‘ve been too shame on you. crack is all over the place and that is something to work on and leave this alone you have just put a lot of people out of jobs right in the middle of winter before christmas and in a depression

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR I AM SURE YOU ARE WARM AND TOASTING EACH OTHER ENJOY////////

February 23, 2011 at 12:54 am
(29) nonCHEROKEE says:

NO POKER MACHINE ? THEN WHY IS HARRAH IN CHEROKEE STILL OPEN ? BIG MONEY STILL RULES !

October 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm
(30) Marty says:

when i was a little boy growing up . all i was told and ever heard people say was this is a free Country . Now i am adult and every time i turn around the goverment is telling us what we can and can not do . That is not being free. I can go buy beer, smokes , lottery ticket in nc . but as always you keep tring to run small company out of work . WE SHOULD STAND UP FOR EACH OTHER AND BE FREE TO SPEND OUR MONEY ANY WAY WE WANT.

February 5, 2012 at 12:48 pm
(31) Rosa says:

It’s just another form of gambling and if NC outlaws gambling then this too should be outlawed. People are drawn to these things because they don’t see any other way to make money, but just like in Vegas then end of losing. If NC says this is o.k. they might as well put in horse racing. At least it get folks outdoors instead of a dark, seedy looking building.

September 28, 2012 at 10:43 pm
(32) hawaii says:

gambling should be legalized in all states except i guess for utah,
and the states could get a percentage .
life is a gamble and people should be able to spend their
money any way they want.
Free country you say?????

December 17, 2012 at 11:00 am
(33) Cameron Lane says:

There is no difference between private sweepstakes and the Powerball and scratch off tickets, except NC makes huge profits from the taxes collected. Many could argue that the funds collected from the lottery are not 100% going to educate the people of this great state. At the end of the day, NC SHOULD regulate these establishments with taxes that were proposed in last years session. If they were to do this, the state would collect over $300m on Day1. All the while, keeping thousands employed and a place for adults to go to enjoy the excitement of playing adult games. Regulate, regulate, regulate. Closing these establishments will have a huge negative economic impact for thousands of people.

December 18, 2012 at 9:53 am
(34) Brenda velazquez says:

First and foremost, my heart goes out to all those people that are about to lose their jobs in North Carolina. We as Americans continue to believe that we live in a country that guarntees certain rights under the color of law, but once again, I see a tea party. Americans have become soft and have forgot how to fight for what they believe in. I suppose the next thing they will be entering private homes and seizing private computers because a member of the household is laying POGO.com. NC can only march on the State Legislator and let them know how dissatisfied with this decision you really are, Whatever happened to peaceful protest? We are Americans, we have the right to say NO to our states.JFK said NO……..MLK said NO…..Where is the that Leader that we need to say NO to NC for destroying so many lives for the bennefit of legalized gambling in the form of a lottery that only bennefits the state for what they want to do with it,

December 20, 2012 at 2:03 pm
(35) joe owen says:

i have worked at an internet sweepstake for about 2 years. All walks of life come through the door.
There are people who do not have a lot of money hoping to win a little to ge by on,those that play high amounts of money,those that just want to come and get away and relax for a while.the people who own these depend on them for their livelyhood. the people who work there.,looks at it at a means to make a honest living and support their family. Does any one care? The state of North Carolina is not looking at the affect that it will have on families and the economy here. More people will be in the unemplyement lines and this will mean that the money that will have to paid to those who loose their jobs because of this will put a heavier burden on the state than changing some of the laws and letting the sweepstakes stay open.

December 30, 2012 at 2:55 am
(36) Latarsha says:

I think it is a good idea to ban these sweepstakes. They are very addictive and many people even take their rent money and money for other bills to support these habits. Not only that, the owners of these sweepstakes places make alot more money than they ever put out. They don’t even have a gamblers anonymous phone number posted.

January 8, 2013 at 7:10 pm
(37) cookie says:

I work at one of the sweepstakes and I see nothing morally wrong wih them, what I do see wrong is these idiots wanting to control how people spend their monies for their peace of mind and stress reducers and in the same token they are taking food out of my families mouth and sending us into being more poorer and resorting to welfare when we had a job to provide for our families and not depend on government services, our goernment is so d— backwards until you hae all these wealthy ones who has never had to struggle want to dictate and send us back ino proverty and now puting 40,000 plus people out of work here in North Carolina is so sad and ridicullous when we are already a high numbered state for the unemployment line, so sad to be the cause of people losing jobs when we need our jobs to support our families where is your dignity as a helper when you are leaving us without a job, possible losing our homes and becoming homeless, I can’t sleep at nite because of fear of losing everything I own because of some rich or wealthy idiots who do not care, I hope all of you sleep as restless as I do for you are the cause of us not being able to support our families and losing our homes and not being able to provide no longer with food on our tables

January 8, 2013 at 7:54 pm
(38) cookie chavous says:

I work at one of the sweepstakes and I see nothing morally wrong wih them, what I do see wrong is these idiots wanting to control how people spend their monies for their peace of mind and stress reducers and in the same token they are taking food out of my families mouth and sending us into being more poorer and resorting to welfare when we had a job to provide for our families and not depend on government services, our goernment is so d— backwards until you hae all these wealthy ones who has never had to struggle want to dictate and send us back ino proverty and now puting 40,000 plus people out of work here in North Carolina is so sad and ridicullous when we are already a high numbered state for the unemployment line, so sad to be the cause of people losing jobs when we need our jobs to support our families where is your dignity as a helper when you are leaving us without a job, possible losing our homes and becoming homeless, I can’t sleep at nite because of fear of losing everything I own because of some rich or wealthy idiots who do not care, I hope all of you sleep as restless as I do for you are the cause of us not being able to support our families and losing our homes and not being able to provide no longer with food on our tables.Let’s end the worst business in the state and it is run by the state, it kills thousands of innocen lives, shutdown the ABC stores, Sweepsakes does not take lives…

January 9, 2013 at 5:49 pm
(39) Bubba says:

I am with Cookie on this. I just got off unemployment 3 months ago thanks to the sweepstakes. Now I do not qualify for unemployment benefits for the fact I have not worked enough to be eligible. Not a single person who entered our establishment had their hands cuffed,arms twisted or any thing else to enter and play sweepstakes. If these parlors are so bad and doing so much harm to people, then maybe you can explain to me and the rest of the NC residence WHY the NC State Lottery is any different? Especially when it is plainly stated on any form of the lottery tickets (Cash Five, Pick Three, Mega Ball,) and so on that if you see anyone or know anyone that has a gambling issue To SEEK HELP!!!
You bunch of Ritzy politicians are two faced as H—- Whats the difference? You think the exact same people do not spend the exact same amount of money on the lottery? How the heck does the winnings for these lotteries get up to the millions and billions of dollars then? Also what about the Stock Market!! It is also gambling in the biggest form of the word. People take their money buy certain shares of stocks and they hope what they pick will payout the most!!
Thank you to our NC Politicians and by the way I need your address so when I loose my home which is no doubt going to happen now I am Moving my family in with you and your Rich A–es can support us now that my government will not allow me to draw unemployment because I have not worked long enough? What a crock of you know what!! This is what I feel we as NC residence who pay our So Called GREAT POLITICIANS and vote for them should do.
We should all sit down and write letters to our Governor and our other elected Government officials and keep doing it until we get dump truck loads of mailed letters dumped in front of their offices, and keep doing this until they change the Law saying what we can and cant do with the money we have worked for not them .

January 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm
(40) Bubba says:

Oh shoot I guess they will come and arrest me next because I sent x amount of dollars on the stamps to mail these letters and did not know the outcome as to whether they got them or not? I am already going to be homeless because they caused me to loose my income to support my family so come on and arrest me what else do I have to loose thanks to them????? Can We All Say Welcome to NC the little Russia of the USA!!!

February 5, 2013 at 12:19 pm
(41) TJR says:

I have been going to sweepstakes regularly. I do enjoy playing but i am smart enough to admit it is addicting. And the ones that are getting rich are the owners not the customers. There definitely should be regulation to make sure these places have to pay out a certain amount of what they take in. It is sad people are going to lose their jobs but these are not high paying jobs with benefits. I personally have overheard a man in a sweepstakes bragging about how many checks he gets from government assistance every month and bragged he got $1400 a month in food stamps. Do you think it is right that people live off the government [the tax money you pay] have money to go spend at sweepstakes? Do you think as a taxpayer your money is going to pay for people a place to live ,their utilities and food but yet they have money to go to a sweepstakes. If you are ok paying for these people to go then write the government and tell them you are willing for your tax dollars to support other peoples habits. This is not limited to sweepstakes. It’s people receiving money from the taxpayers and they spend it on cigarettes, alcohol, drugs and gambling including the lottery. It looks to me if you want to be upset about something this should outrage you and you should spend your time trying to stop this instead of trying to keep a sweepstakes open.

February 27, 2013 at 5:23 pm
(42) Nan Lowe says:

I have enjoyed playing the internet sweepstakes . I am retired , and most all the people that I see playing or seniors. I have never seen anyone out of the way. All are nice people

January 4, 2014 at 2:48 pm
(43) Ralph says:

I have been a sweepstakes player and have watched many and many people lose their money. Poor people. But, I think if you can afford to gamble, and lose that kind of money, and get govt assistance, the govt should know about it. If you gambled, the govt should not allow you any financial assistance at all. Because the govt is feeding your gambling greed, there is no winning in the sweepstakes. It may let you win a little to get you addicted, but, you will eventually put in more than you get out. So the question is this: Who is profiting? You are now hooked. It is an addiction. Get out while you can!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 4, 2014 at 2:51 pm
(44) Ralph says:

If you care about your friends and neighbors, keep them away from that hell hole. There is no winning. Guaranteed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are a loser when it comes to the Sweepstakes. Invest your money in something that can benefit your future. Ex. kids, church, home, homeless shelters, or even in buying a new automobile.

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