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Gov Perdue Signs Sweepstakes Ban Bill

By Catherine M. Welch

Wilmington, NC – With no public ceremony, North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue signed legislation Tuesday banning Internet sweepstakes parlors.

The parlors skirted the state's video poker ban by using the Internet to give customers the chance to gamble.

There are 600 "sweepstakes cafes" across the state. Business owners argued that shutting them down would put thousands of people out of work.

The ban kicks in December 1st.

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