Lexington considers sweepstakes cafes

LEXINGTON, NC -- The city of Lexington will discuss the possibility of licensing and regulating internet sweepstakes cafes at Monday night's city council meeting.

According to Mayor Newell Clark, the council will first allow a maximum of six cafes to open at first. Each is required to be at least 2,000 square-feet in size and contain at least 30 sweepstakes terminals.

The city will charge $1,000 annually to open a cafe plus $500 annually for each terminal in the building.

Mayor Clark says investors are ready to open a few places up, but city approval is needed.

"When the state legalizes something, then we have to...  take a look at our ordinances and see how we want to police it," said Clark.

Lexington could take in $96,000 per year from six sweepstakes cafes.

Monday's meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and include time for public comment.

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