Lawmakers Prepare To Battle Internet Sweepstakes Industry

May 23, 2008 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: WXII12

Internet Cafes selling pre-paid phone minutes and Internet time are popping up all over North Carolina, but some state legislators said the establishments are nothing more than a sneaky form of gambling.

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deb

Jacksonville, FL

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#24
Jan 5, 2009
 
i see these place are just like casino, i have played in them and they are a rip off and you are gambling any way you look at it ,and you get cash just like a casino...they won't let you have the 8 liner's which u get gift cards.. but this is the biggist rip off i have seen in florida..these need to be takin out for sure take older peoples money is all
Joyce

United States

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#25
Apr 17, 2009
 
Do you have them in Jacksonville, FL?
teena

Orlando, FL

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#26
Apr 19, 2009
 
I seen the response of the Jacksonville Fla. person and I think if you thionk it's a rip off then stay out of them. At least there you can when other prizes and have a free drink and snack or a free dinner and the Fla. lottery and Bingo Hall's don't give you anything else but what you pay for. These places give single and elderly people a place to meet new friends and a place to have fun and it's better than meeting somebody in a bar or on the internet. You can't fart in Flordia unless you have a permit that is sad that we the people have allowed this to happen.
teena

Orlando, FL

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#27
Apr 19, 2009
 
joyce they have a internet cafe called the hot spot in jacksonville flordia
james

United States

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#28
Jul 28, 2009
 
the sweepstakes centers in calabash,nc are still open / i agree with the majority,leave these places alone,the so called legislators are trying to run them out of n.c. because of pressure from lottery officials and harrah's in cherokee.they want a monopoly on any type of gaming the truth is!!!!! the sweepstakes centers give the customers much better odds of winning than any casino or lottery ticket/scratch off.we as north carolinians do need to make a stand and vote out the "legislators" that are trying to make this a "communist state!" these sweepstakes centers are a good place to go relax,have fun,meet new people,and take your mind off of everyday worries.let's do all we can as FREE PEOPLE and put the real fear in these legislators VOTE THEM OUT AND SEND A MESSAGE!
Susan Paloma

O Fallon, IL

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#29
Aug 3, 2009
 
As far as I am concerned; Ellerbe, North Carolina is heaven. That is where I plan to be buried.
Brandon

Denver, CO

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#30
Oct 3, 2009
 
These Sweepstake Cafes have no oversight like the casino's do, they are ripping people off of their retirement and life savings, and prey on senior citizens. Gambling is legal, but not in this forum IMO. So someone could put one of these machines in their home and have the neighbors pay for a card which allows them to play on the machine for how many minutes they purchase ?
non gambler

Mooresville, NC

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#31
Oct 7, 2009
 
you stupit people!!!!sweepstakes gambling is a scam!! why don't you find out how they work.first you have a pool of 60million cards in each server .that means when they reach that goal, then they will release 10million winners between all their thousands of rooms with around 50 machines in each room!!! secondly where is all that money going? not in n.c. tell the f.b.i. they don't harm people, i say support the mafia, they feed off you kind of people... they do not even pay employee withholding tax!!! under table CASH !! we can find tax monies elsewhere!!! like pot!!!!!! not just poor people will pay taxes we all will from rich to poor. OPEN YOUR EYES NC ,it's bad for any state to have unregulated gambling.it must be nice not ever having money in your pocket, same old story "the rich gets richer and the poor ????????
non gambler

Mooresville, NC

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#32
Oct 22, 2009
 
it's not just poor people playing,it's dumb people!!! yeah they are paying taxes.these servre based game promotion is nothing but a mafia scam!! unregulated games no chance what so ever to win !!the odds are 60 million to 1 ...only smart people play theses scams lol. show me the hundreds of million of dollars that you know taxes are being paid. i'm sorry but maybe the greedy jerks are right!! i will SAVE my money, OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE ARE YOU NOT TIRED OF BEING RIPPED OFF!!! can't you see the piture, i guess the rich to stay rich and the poor should get what they wish for. good luck,cause you'll need it. adiction is what it is
Reggie

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#33
Oct 28, 2009
 
How is this legal? The fast action bingo is back by a charity. This is a business.
Get money

Concord, NC

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#34
Nov 14, 2009
 
I think these places are just fine.. If u have money to throw away it should be cool.
donque70

Palm Bay, FL

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#35
Dec 13, 2009
 
i work at the business center in salisbury, nc and I think its no different than spending $1 or $2 to have a 1 in 150,000,000 chance of winning the damn powerball. They want to close them because they haven't found a way to tax these games to where the owners have just enough to stay afloat. Ask those dumbass lawmakers how much of the 1.5billion they got to keep thats supposed to go towards nc education. But then why fire or fullough those teachers?
sharon lexington

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#36
Dec 19, 2009
 
it is a good thing. if you dont like it stay away. no one makes you play. we just have a good time and make so many new friends.
Robert Campbell

Kannapolis, NC

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#37
Dec 23, 2009
 
John Smith wrote:
Sweepsteak games are no differant than , Pepsi, coke or McDonalds food chain. The churches pays no taxes and rule our laws in NC. The lottery, whats that?? You got a better chance going to the moon than winning. Law makers need to let the people do what they want to with money. They need to start treating other americans like the Indians in Cherokee, NC
These cafe' are destroying families and ripping off people.
Robert Campbell

Kannapolis, NC

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#38
Dec 23, 2009
 
These internet cafes' are destroying families across america. It's gambling; GAMBLING!!!!!!!!!
Anonyme

Fairhaven, MA

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#39
Dec 29, 2009
 
Robert Campbell wrote:
These internet cafes' are destroying families across america. It's gambling; GAMBLING!!!!!!!!!
Dictator!!! Nobody forces you to go to casino if you don't want to - same thing for the sweepstakes machines. Stay away from it if you don't want to play... Everyone should have the RIGHT to spend their money the way they want it if that makes them happy. We don't need the government to tell us what we're supposed to do with our money; otherwise that's called COMMUNIST.
The NC state does not want these machines for simply reason they don't have a piece of the pie. They can legalize anything they want along it brings money to their pockets. We're adult we should know our limit. You're talking about gambling is destroying families across America how about ALCOHOL?
sogver

Houston, TX

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Dec 31, 2009
 
John Smith wrote:
Sweepsteak games are no differant than , Pepsi, coke or McDonalds food chain. The churches pays no taxes and rule our laws in NC. The lottery, whats that?? You got a better chance going to the moon than winning. Law makers need to let the people do what they want to with money. They need to start treating other americans like the Indians in Cherokee, NC
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kitty

North Myrtle Beach, SC

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#41
Jan 16, 2010
 
What about the bingo halls that are run by private owners. If the lottery is not gambling then why at the end of ad do you have an ad saying if you have a gambling problem call the number provided? Gee how dumb am I.
kitty

North Myrtle Beach, SC

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#42
Jan 16, 2010
 
So Robert C the state can destroy families with the lottery.
Yours Truly

Matthews, NC

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#43
Jan 17, 2010
 
Some of you have your head buried in the sand.

Gambling is not popular in NC and would be voted down in a landslide. In fact, the NC Education Lottery would have been voted down if it had been put on the ballot. It was only because of our crooked Speaker of the NC House, Jim BLack, that it passed in the state legislature. Jim Black ended up going to jail for taking bribes from lottery proponents. He will be there for the rest of his life.

If you think for one minute that you are going to get rich playing in one of these Sweepstakes Joints you don't know your ass from a hole in the ground. You might win a little but most people loose and loose and loose. The only ones getting rich are the crooks that run the joints!

If you want to gamble go to a casino. There are legal casinos run by Native American Nations In both NC and SC. At least you have a decent chance to win there!

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