3 charged in Pitt County video poker machine raid

PITT COUNTY - Three people have been charged after deputies seized more than a dozen video poker machines from a Pitt County business.

On July 17, deputies seized 14 stand-up video poker machines from Platinum Sweepstakes Cafe at the Greenville Buyers Market Shopping Center on Memorial Drive. The machines contain non-prereveal software-- similar to machines seized in January from other locations in the county, the Pitt County Sheriff's Office said.

The Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that the owners of the cafe --Christopher Lee Bass, of Elm City, and Joseph Rex Bass Jr., of Spring Hope-- are each charged with operating five or more video gaming machines (felony) and misdemeanor gambling.

Investigators said the owner of the video poker machines, Donald Wayne Boyd, of Elm City, is charged with  the following:

-Felony manufacture, sell or lease electronic video gaming machines;
-Felony operating five or more video gaming machines;
-Misdemeanor gambling.

The suspects are expected to turn themselves in Tuesday, said investigators.

Non-preveal games violate the sweepstakes law in North Carolina, which requires games to show in plain text the amount of money a player can expect to win before playing the game, investigators said.

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