WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Leaders in Wilmington discussed the future of sweepstakes parlors during their meeting Tuesday night.
According to the city, all existing sweepstakes parlors are operating illegally. Code Enforcement is working to determine how many are in the area and will issue notices of violations soon.
Once a property owner receives a notice of violation, they have 30 days to shut down the business before civil penalties begin accruing.
Last month, the state Supreme Court denied a request from the sweepstakes game industry to delay an earlier decision that sweepstakes halls are gambling operations.
The court's ruling goes went into effect statewide on Jan. 3.
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