Judge says worker not guilty of sweepstakes charge

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 3:45 PM

HICKORY, N.C. (AP) -- A judge's ruling in a Catawba County sweepstakes cafe case is giving hope to operators in their battle to stay open in North Carolina.  

District Court Judge Amy Sigmon said this week that a sweepstakes worker charged with operating an illegal sweepstakes business was innocent.  

The woman was arrested in January with the two owners of a cafe in Hickory.   

The arrests came one month after the state Supreme Court upheld legislation making it unlawful to possess a game terminal that simulates slot machines or are used for the display of electronic sweepstakes.  

The employee's attorney, Lisa Dubs, said Friday a recent change by the sweepstakes software provider put the machines in compliance with state law because it revealed the winners in advance. 

She called the judge's decision significant. 
 

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