Deputies seize video poker machines from Pitt County business

Deputies seize video poker machines from Pitt County business

GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - Deputies seized more than a dozen video poker machines from a Pitt County business late Thursday afternoon.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office said investigators received several complaints about the Platinum Sweepstakes Cafe at the Greenville Buyers Market Shopping Center on Memorial Drive. Investigators were first made away of illegal game machines about a month ago.

Officials say the Sheriff received a dozen calls on Wednesday complaining about the cafe's illegal machines. This prompted the Sheriff to visit the business on Thursday afternoon to check it out. Hours later, the illegal machines were confiscated.

Deputies seized 14 stand-up video poker machines that contain non-prereveal software-- similar to machines seized in January from other locations in the county, according to the Sheriff's Office.

"Theses machines are a clear violation of the law," the Sheriff's Office said.

The reason they are illegal is because the 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 the owner of the machines told deputies he moved them from a previous business in Nash County to Greenville.

The name of the owner will be released when charges are filed, which is expected to happen on Friday.

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