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Lee Pegues plays an electronic gambling game at B & E Biz Center on Randleman Road in Greensboro, N.C. on Jan. 9, 2015. After feeding money into the games for about 40 minutes, Pegues hit a $35 jackpot, leaving him a few dollars ahead.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Don’t bet that the Greensboro Police Department’s renewed crackdown on sweepstakes businesses will be the last word in North Carolina’s ongoing tug-of-war over electronic gaming, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

Late last year, the department alerted about 60 local operators of “Internet cafes” and other venues that as of today, police would resume enforcing the state’s ban on the pastime.

Most sweepstakes operators within the city limits planned to close this morning — at least temporarily — but they are weighing legal options that look increasingly bright, said Ray King, who owns the Spin Win Sweepstakes on High Point Road in Greensboro and four other Triad sites.

“Something is going to end up in court sometime here soon,” said King, who has been in the business six years. “They spend so much money fighting us when they could be making revenue and putting it into schools or whatever to improve things.”

Read full story: The Greensboro News & Record