Greensboro Police enforcing ban on sweepstake businesses

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Greensboro Police have started enforcing a ban on sweepstake businesses after a statewide law was passed in January.

Greensboro Police sent letters out to the more than 75 sweepstake businesses in the city warning them they needed to shut down.

Officers on Monday were out checking on the shops to make sure they were closed. Greensboro Police said during their patrols they did not find any businesses operating.

In the weeks leading up to today, police said they received numerous calls from business owners with lots of questions.

"The owners are calling up wanting to know if they are going to be in compliance and they've been advised they wouldn't if they were operating gaming machines,” said Lt. Tom Kroh, with the Greensboro Police Department.

Owners caught operating a sweepstakes business could be cited or arrested. A first time arrest is a class one misdemeanor and a second is a felony.