RALIEGH - A North Carolina prosecutor says it's time to start enforcing a three-month-old Supreme Court ruling that made illegal sweepstakes game terminals that simulate slot machines
Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said Friday he's ready to take on any case local law enforcement agencies bring him against sweepstakes parlor owners and employees. Willoughby says enforcement will begin Monday but he doesn't expect county-wide busts immediately.
Operators have said new software deployed since the Supreme Court decision makes their games legal.
Cumberland County Sheriff Moose Butler this week sent deputies to raid six sweepstakes cafes, arresting nine people and seizing dozens of computer terminals. Most of the remaining 50 or so cafes operating in the county closed within hours of the raids.
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