Virginia residents flock to NC sweepstakes cafes

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MOYOCK, N.C. — Plenty of Virginia residents are crossing the line into North Carolina each day to take advantage of the games at sweepstakes cafes.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., reported sweepstakes caf es are opening in Currituck County faster than zoning inspectors can close them. The games became illegal in Virginia last year.

Nine businesses received zoning citations in Currituck County in January and were ordered to stop gaming. But officials say other cafes have opened in recent months.

Louise Harrell owns Southland, on the road to the Outer Banks.

Harrell says playing the machines is not gambling. Customers enter a sweepstakes when they buy Internet or phone time to play games.

She says there is no difference than buying an item that gives purchasers a chance to win a prize.

Credit: The Associated Press.

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