CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There are now dozens of sweepstakes cafes across the city, and the Charlotte City Council is trying to figure out how to better keep watch over them.
Among the reasons why is allegations they breed crime.
The last time city staffers counted, they found 69 sweepstakes spots around Charlotte.
Some say crime is popping up around them, too.
Lauren Oakley manages the one on Scaleybark Road.
“Before I knew it, they had the guns pointed at me,” Oakley said.
NewsChannel 36 talked to her a few weeks ago after she was held at gunpoint in the middle of the afternoon.
“They put the hoodies up and pulled tight all they had was just their eyes, and they whipped the guns out,” she said.
There was also a murder at another sweepstakes shop in August of 2010.
Police said that's actually not the norm.
“When you do think of sweepstakes you think this may be an area alcohol offenses so we’ve been very deliberate about talking to these businesses,” said Captain Stella Patterson of CMPD’s Westover Division.
NewsChannel 36 randomly picked out five sweepstakes shops around the city, pulled the crime stats for the area and found dozens of calls to police.
But Captain Patterson says that has more to do with where the shops are typically located.
“They tend to be in the corridor where you historically have crime,” she said.