Sweepstakes firm pulls out of NC

Posted March 27, 2013

— International Internet Technology, a sweepstakes software maker involved in a Florida scandal, is telling law enforcement agencies around North Carolina that they have pulled out of this state.

IIT "will cease doing business in North Carolina until further notice, effective immediately," says a letter from lawyers for the company.

Sweepstakes software companies provide the games to individual sweepstakes game owners. These local owners then operate game rooms, returning a share of the profits to the company. 

A copy of the letter to the Sanford police says the company and its principals maintain their innocence. Similar letters have been sent to other law enforcement agencies, according to the Lexington Dispatch.

"Although nothing that has happened in Florida has any direct bearing or connection to matters in North Carolina, the ownership of IIT feels its first priority is to direct its full attention and resources to addressing concerns in Florida," the letter reads.

The company also cites the legal "limbo" in North Carolina, with sweepstakes games outlawed by the state legislature but still operating in a gray area. The state Supreme Court upheld North Carolina's ban on sweepstakes machines in December.

Gov. Pat McCrory and other North Carolina politicians have said they are forfeiting campaign donations associated with IIT.


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  • HDStreetGlide Mar 28, 2013

    dabink, you hit the nail on the head...alot of small towns are losing money that these video cafe pay to have these game machines. The North Carolina lottery is gambling. We have people boarding buses every day to go to Cherokee or to Atlantic City to pay gambling machines. North Carolina Towns are losing money to support town operations. But they like NC will get the needed money from the citizens. This is wrong folks!!!!!!

  • superman Mar 28, 2013

    The state is the only one who has ABC stores. They also have the lottery. Illegal is ok as long as the state is handling it. Maybe the state should also start selling pot.

  • lookingforward Mar 27, 2013

    "Buses and Air Flights go to Atlantic City and Las Vegas every day, If NC would stop to thinks of the $$$ that are being taken to another state because if man wants to gamble he is going to gamble,"

    This area of jobs can stay in Atlantic City....Have you been to Atlantic City/Las Vegas, and seen the kind neighborhoods it builds around it? It costs taxpayers millions of $$$ on the affect it has, such as crimes from gambling addiction, porn. Not on the same level, but Donald Trump has filed for bankruptcy multiple times, but is still wealthy.

    Most people will say don't waste government money, unless it's helping the industry they themselves work in, or have an interest.

  • nancyjacobs58 Mar 27, 2013

    Buses and Air Flights go to Atlantic City and Las Vegas every day, If NC would stop to thinks of the $$$ that are being taken to another state because if man wants to gamble he is going to gamble,

  • Z Man Mar 27, 2013

    Not only does the state have a monopoly on gambling, but they just put a bunch of people out of work.

  • m0nky Mar 27, 2013

    so less government...unless you're destroying an entire industry in the state.

    makes sense.

  • doghousebrewery Mar 27, 2013

    Not only do I have to give the govt. over 30% of my income every year in taxes, now they tell me how to spend the rest and what I can and cant do to entertain myself. Yay for me!

  • weasel2 Mar 27, 2013

    If the games are illegal why would you stay.

  • dabink Mar 27, 2013

    Always better to have all of the gambling confined to a lottery operated by NC politicians. We should all feel better now.

  • Thought Criminal WS Mar 27, 2013

    They're leaving before they get busted for fraud here.