"Online Sweepstakes" on hold in North Carolina

Kinston City makes its own move on Internet gambling

The vexing questions regarding the legality of 'sweepstakes' gambling at North Carolina Internet cafes has persuaded one city council to place a moratorium on the games until it has investigated the issue more thoroughly.

The Kinston City Council imposed the 60 day moratorium this week, resolving to look into operations like the Neuse Business Center in the city, an internet cafe that advertises a chance to win cash. It's a perfectly legal business at the moment, reports local station WITN, but some see it as legal gambling and a cover for casino gambling online.

In December, the state Court of Appeals upheld a ban to make video poker and slot machines illegal in North Carolina, but the Internet aspects of the pastime remain clouded in confusion and controversy.

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