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  • yyyyy Dec 19, 7:45 p.m.

    I can not understand in this day and age why this issue of Sweepstakes is even being addressed,. With all the problems in this state this is what we are worried about. I have lived in N.C for 19 years and still do. I have worked in the Casino industry for 23 years.Sweepstakes IS NOT THE CASINO INDUSTRY I have seen the good and the bad of this industry. IT IS NO SECRET THAT GAMBLING CAN DO HARM TO FAMILY'S WE ALL KNOW THAT CAN YOU PLEASE COME UP WITH SOMETHING BETTER THAN THAT IT'S VERY OLD. However N.C feels That the lottery, drinking THAT COULD KILL AND SMOKING THAT COULD KILL is OK as long as they get there $$$MONEY$$$. Am I missing something here. From what I understand the sweepstakes industry on several attempts tried to be regulated and help the state's deficit so what could the problem be. Could it be that N.C. is worried about your HEALTH and the HEALTH of your family ? Who are we kidding here do they really think we are that uneducated.

  • mac240 Dec 18, 9:59 a.m.

    Bring in casinos and get rid of these seedy joints!

  • wrals5u Dec 14, 6:29 p.m.

    I want to thank all of those who belong to the American version of the Taliban for watching out for me. Heaven knows I'll easily succumb (I can use that word, right?) to those evils of gambling that aren't link to those sacred words, "North Carolina Education". Praise be to the General Assembly and all of its hypocrisy under the name of freedom.

  • philipw Dec 14, 6:28 p.m.

    The lottery needs to be shut down, too. It won't be because a third of its money goes to news media, to "advertise" the lotteries and the results. A third goes to prizes and salaries; and the last third (eventually) goes to schools - but is largely send to make up for other funding cut out by the State. Lotteries and gambling are taxes on people who are bad in math.

  • tatermommy52 Dec 14, 6:15 p.m.

    The courts this week banned sweepsteaks, banned right to life license plates, and banned cop killers from death row. We need to tell the courts that killers ban their right to life and welcome to death row.

  • Crumps Br0ther Dec 14, 5:29 p.m.

    Good

    Can we get the lottery shut down now, too?
    hp277

    Why do you want to deny the children of this state an education

  • 007_Bat Dec 14, 5:18 p.m.

    The bottom line is government has took it upon themselves to take away AGAIN a freedom of decision the American people should be responsible for making. But to read some of your posts here, you want someone to do your thinking for you.

  • jillianbluiz Dec 14, 5:02 p.m.

    Sweepstakes facilites employ people. Has anyone considered those losing their jobs right before Christmas? Unemployment is rampant, but let's send some more folks home. And yes, I know people have gambling problems, I was married to one such rocket scientist; that was his problem. But now my daughter, a college student, doesn't know how she will support herself through school. Geez, how bout a strip club? NOBODY blows money in THOSE morally upstanding, completely legal businesses.

  • Minarchist Dec 14, 4:52 p.m.

    So I can scratch off a piece of cardboard but I cant click a mouse to gamble? Republicans are here to save us! "Small gov" and all. vinylcarwraps23

    How does this make the size of the government any bigger? Pretty sure this makes it neither bigger nor smaller. When people refer to "big government" they mean the government spending excessive amounts of money. They don't mean "doing their job makes them big".
    bradcooperisinnocent
    December 14, 2012 2:20 p.m

    Everytime a law is created or upheld gov grows. Someone has to enforce the "new" laws correct?

  • bgibson3 Dec 14, 4:41 p.m.

    If you think Harry Brown (Onslow County), who was on his honeymoon (in Charleston??) didn't know what was going on then you're naive. A car dealer from the Jacksonville area... When the Legislature didn't adjourn immediately after the other voting, everyone knew something was up. After the final Budget approval, they always close session and get the heck home. And, this time they did not. Harry could have proxy voted, I think, and chose not to, as did the other Republican. In this day and age, no one is out of touch that much.

    The State Lottery is for a bunch of losers. The process is exactly opposite for which we honor "Robin Hood". He took from the rich (few) and gave to the poor. The NC Lottery takes from the many (many of whom are poor) and gives to the few (who quite often squander their new found riches). And in the process a large percentage of the income gets siphoned off.

  • Alexia Dec 14, 4:18 p.m.

    "People that gamble are like drug users and those who frequent prostitutes" -- dwntwnboy

    Wow, that's a strong comment. Shouldn't a person have the right to spend his money where he wants? Gambling is a form of entertainment. Should we now outlaw Chuck E. Cheese? You buy tokens and try to win. If you win, you get prizes. It's all fun and really no different than gambling.

    I'd argue that people who gamble are people who want to have fun and perhaps see if they can win money doing it. I definitely would not classify them in the same category as drug users and what not.

    On the latter, though, I would not make those things illegal, either. Real-world cases where prostitution was legalized has shown that it makes it safer (since women are checked often for disease, no "pimps", and no hiding from police) and the rate of rape drops.

    The "war on drugs" are proved a failure and now the recommendation is to treat it as a health problem.

    None of this should be illegal.

  • hp277 Dec 14, 4:09 p.m.

    Good

    Can we get the lottery shut down now, too?

  • retiredindependentpopo Dec 14, 3:59 p.m.

    Yeah, one was in the hospital, one on his honeymoon, and Jim Black ended up where???

  • retiredindependentpopo Dec 14, 3:36 p.m.

    Truly American - your's is the craziest rant I have seen yet.

    If I'm not mistaken I think your left wing govenor is the one who pushed he lottery through. Talk about robbing the poor!!!

  • baldchip Dec 14, 3:23 p.m.

    HEY GUYS-when Jim Black oushed thru the lottery in the dark of night ina special session-2 Republicans were not there. 1 was in a hospital after surgery and the other was on his honeymoon.
    And -the vote cleared by 1 vote. Add those 2 been in Raleigh, we would not have an NC lottery today.

    And you blame Republican's for any of this-go fly a kite!!

  • cbarrette Dec 14, 3:21 p.m.

    Hey government, stay out of my buisness. A few people use gambling irresponsibly, so I can't? What a load of garbage. Sounds like the general assymbally is legislating morals and entertainment, not safety. Anyone who supports the ban is against freedom, period.

  • bluecanary Dec 14, 3:20 p.m.

    I hate those Sweepstakes places. There is one every 10 feet here, it seems. I hope this runs them all out of business, fast.

  • dwntwnboy Dec 14, 3:17 p.m.

    " It's very different than having a state monitored and controlled casino which I'd be totally for"- because only law abiding, upstanding citizens go to a casino? No criminal activity ever involved in a casino? Gambling is a choice people make. They can either make it to gamble in a legal establishment like these "sweepstakes" places or in back rooms. People that gamble are like drug users and those who frequent prostitutes- yeah, they know it's illegal, but that doesn't bother them and in fact makes it part of the "rush" to do such things.

  • dwntwnboy Dec 14, 3:14 p.m.

    "When people refer to "big government" they mean the government spending excessive amounts of money"- while that is partly true. People also refer to "big government" when government oversteps its bounds and gets involved with things they shouldn't. Like marriages, sex, personal medical choices etc.

  • liberalnomore Dec 14, 3:13 p.m.

    Well..

  • Crumps Br0ther Dec 14, 2:52 p.m.

    Wheres the repeal from the GOP control?
    vinylcarwraps23

    Maybe you should send them an email telling them how outraged you are

  • pclaude13 Dec 14, 2:35 p.m.

    christian do not gamble,some so call christin have them in there stores, if this is only way to make a living, then you need to get a nother job..

  • OGE Dec 14, 2:25 p.m.

    It's funny to read stories about a lack of grocery sotres in SE Raleigh... yet these things are on every corner!

  • Disabled Veteran Dec 14, 2:24 p.m.

    So we can gamble our money on Lottery tickets (Taxed) but not gambling machines (NOt taxed)? I see where the problem lies!

  • davidgnews Dec 14, 2:22 p.m.

    Legalize REAL gambling in the rest of the state besides only on a reservation. Roanoke Rapids, I95-corridor, the beaches, and mountain areas like Fontana Lake to Blowing Rock are ready for it. That will help the economy.

    Come on legislature, do the right thing and create some jobs here.

  • bradcooperisinnocent Dec 14, 2:20 p.m.

    So I can scratch off a piece of cardboard but I cant click a mouse to gamble? Republicans are here to save us! "Small gov" and all.
    vinylcarwraps23

    How does this make the size of the government any bigger? Pretty sure this makes it neither bigger nor smaller. When people refer to "big government" they mean the government spending excessive amounts of money. They don't mean "doing their job makes them big".

  • Minarchist Dec 14, 2:08 p.m.

    This law was passed in 2010 - when the Democrats were in control. It passed nearly unanimously in the Senate (one D voted against it) and had a huge margin in the House with nearly 40 Ds voting for the ban. This has nothing to do with the Republicans.
    toddrita
    December 14, 2012 1:11 p.m.
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    Wheres the repeal from the GOP control?

  • Minarchist Dec 14, 2:06 p.m.

    Are church raffles in this decision?

  • Minarchist Dec 14, 2:06 p.m.

    Some of these comments are amusing. The Dems including easley and Perdue have been after these games all along. Now suddenly it is ONLY republicans that had something to do with this ruling. - WHATELSE

    Yes, but we know DEMS are big gov and want to control everything. I thought the REPS would stand up for "small gov". Its not that both sides shouldnt get the blame. Its the fact the REPS sell themsleves on limited gov and then support this. Get it yet?

  • Codepwned Dec 14, 2:04 p.m.

    This is AWESOME. Most of these places are scams and attract the worst people. I live in an great neighborhood except for a gas station at the end of a street nearby that doesn't sell gas... it's a sweepstakes place.

    Look, gambling at this level attracts a really bad crowd around each place. Desperate people who have a lot to lose. It's very different than having a state monitored and controlled casino which I'd be totally for.

  • pappy1 Dec 14, 2:01 p.m.

    Come on folks - isn't it obvious? Enough grease wasn't applied to enough palms.

  • 1911A1 Dec 14, 1:58 p.m.

    Funny how all the big money makers are controlled by the government. Gambling , alcohol, tobacco

  • Crumps Br0ther Dec 14, 1:54 p.m.

    law was passed in 2010 - when the Democrats were in control. It passed nearly unanimously in the Senate (one D voted against it) and had a huge margin in the House with nearly 40 Ds voting for the ban. This has nothing to do with the Republicans.
    toddrita

    Facts schmacts! Republicans are in charge now so it has to be their fault! Democrats never ever do anything dumb

  • trekkie13 Dec 14, 1:48 p.m.

    I am not an advocate of gambling. However, it is very hypocrital for the state to have an educational lottery that is just very much gambling and a social ill and then to condemn the sweepstakes places. I think it would be very great to see a federal court order the state that if they allow state sanctioned gambling then they need to allow sweepstake places. Sounds like a United States District Court needs to overrule the NC State Supreme Court on the grounds of the 14th Amendment on this issue.

  • wayneboyd Dec 14, 1:35 p.m.

    Only the government can engage in "legal" gambling, and do they not only want no competition, they'll destroy your equipment and fine you if you try.

  • whatelseisnew Dec 14, 1:11 p.m.

    Some of these comments are amusing. The Dems including easley and Perdue have been after these games all along. Now suddenly it is ONLY republicans that had something to do with this ruling.

    I hope someone brings a new legal challenge to the lottery using the "addictive gambling" argument as cause for shutting it down in North Carolina. Included in the lottery itself is FUNDING to help combat the known addiction. If Private people can not run Gambling than neither should the Government.

  • toddrita Dec 14, 1:11 p.m.

    This law was passed in 2010 - when the Democrats were in control. It passed nearly unanimously in the Senate (one D voted against it) and had a huge margin in the House with nearly 40 Ds voting for the ban. This has nothing to do with the Republicans.

  • whatelseisnew Dec 14, 1:04 p.m.

    Ah yes, this is what you get when Judges are pressured to rule of factors other than whether or not a law is constitutional. Whether or not these games are addictive has nothing to do with the law. What is particularly offensive is the State runs several lotteries, they push them heavily through advertising. They even have included monies from the lottery to try to deal with the what they call addiction to gambling. What we see here is further crushing of private citizens in favor of Government boot-heels. Those complaining about the Conservative Judges, the Dems went after these things hot and heavy. Plus I bet you did not complain when those fools on the U.S. Supreme Court ruled ObamaCare was constitutional even though it is not and even though the amount of force and Control over you granted by this ruling is an obscenity and goes completely against the grain of Freedom and Liberty. Then the Dems discriminate against males by forcing them to subsidize the insurance of Females.

  • Minarchist Dec 14, 12:58 p.m.

    So I can scratch off a piece of cardboard but I cant click a mouse to gamble? Republicans are here to save us! "Small gov" and all.

  • Banned4Life Dec 14, 12:58 p.m.

    "Wouldn't it be something if NC finally gets casinos/betting games under a republican governor?" What planet was that from? Republicans are the party of morality, virtue, family values, and aspirin. It would be a travesty if gambling, something which the Bible states is an abomination and sin against God, were to be allowed by the same party that fully embraces every last word of the Bible as fact, not to be interpreted in any way shape or form. Let these words from the Bible guide us forward just as they do whenever there is any other controversial measure which requires us to place our feet firmly on the neck of the public!

  • smalldogsrule Dec 14, 12:53 p.m.

    "Terrible big government Republican thinking"- but, but they are the party of "freedom" unless of course you are gay, a woman, person of color, someone who wishes to gamble .... the list goes on and on and on.

    Didn't Bev. Purdue sign the law that banned them???????????

    Isn't she a wonderful community concerned DEMOCRAT??????????????

  • disgusted2010 Dec 14, 12:48 p.m.

    People need to wake up. This is nothing but organized crime. The only difference is those involved are more open with spreading money around.

  • jhk0704 Dec 14, 12:43 p.m.

    This State is not making the right move. I mean come on NC you act like we couldnt usde the revenue generated by gambling. Instead the state doesnt make any tax money off of it and we all go online and gamble that way. People are going to do it either way. The State might as well wise up and take a cut

  • Crumps Br0ther Dec 14, 12:42 p.m.

    If I want to spend my hard earned money gambling, then let me. Terrible big government Republican thinking.
    NYtoNC81

    How many conservatives are on the SCoNC? I could say that since they are closing them the court is telling people how to spend their money and thats something democrats love to do.

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 14, 12:41 p.m.

    People don't pile up on a Friday and Saturday nights at 11:00pm just to peruse the net. Try again operators, that was a major "FAIL".

    jockeyshiftspringer
    December 14, 2012 12:12 p.m____________________________________
    Actually your just a little wrong, having worked at this before, I can certainly tell ya, there were a lot of people who were on the internet. While some "gambled" for a while, once that was over they spent a lot of time on internet. There were several who came in only to use the internet, facebook, you tube, etc. To many this was cheaper than internet at home.

  • issymayake Dec 14, 12:39 p.m.

    Even though I feel those halls are a blight in the community, this ought to let our legislators know that the lobby keeping state-licensed casinos out of NC is messing up revenue opportunities. Wouldn't it be something if NC finally gets casinos/betting games under a republican governor?

  • dwntwnboy Dec 14, 12:37 p.m.

    "Terrible big government Republican thinking"- but, but they are the party of "freedom" unless of course you are gay, a woman, person of color, someone who wishes to gamble .... the list goes on and on and on.

  • batcave Dec 14, 12:32 p.m.

    conducted in a manner that encourages repeated, addictive, gambling-like play through the video display

    Unlike the tabacco support program that doesn't encourage additive behavior. Government sponsored discrimination. Some people are allowed into the gaming biz, (Indians and the Gov), while others are shut out, niiice. Time for the people to take back the gov, stop protecting me from myself.Either open the doors or shut them.

  • mhumphrey2 Dec 14, 12:32 p.m.

    So it's ok for adults to spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on the lottery in NC, but not on Sweepstakes, oh ok State of NC. Look like a bunch of hypocrites

  • Nope Dec 14, 12:32 p.m.

    It isn't a free speech issue, and the state has the right to allow or not allow gambling, so what is the problem?

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