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Sheriff to target video sweepstakes

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From Staff Reports

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office can once again start enforcing video sweepstakes laws in the county.

A news release from the agency stated Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone recently received an update from the N.C. Sheriffs Association about a July 31 Amended Temporary Restraining Order preventing law enforcement agencies from shutting down video sweepstakes operations in the state. The update, which stemmed from a lawsuit between Sandhill Amusements Inc., Gift Surplus LLC and the state of North Carolina, stated agencies not involved in the lawsuit can enforce sweepstakes laws.

Since the Nash County Sheriff’s Office is not involved in the lawsuit, it can now enforce a law that prevents operation of electronic devices for sweepstakes.

The agency’s release stated any business running electronic sweepstakes machines has until 7 a.m. Oct. 27 to comply with the mandate. After that time, any business that continues to run the machines will face charges.

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