Macon County Commissioners discussed “sweepstakes parlors” at their May 15, 2012 meeting. One wonders if their primary concerns are issues of morality, public health and safety, or gaining a new revenue source.
The North Carolina law restricting these gambling establishments has been put on hold while its constitutionality is determined by the State’s Supreme Court.
The morality question seems settled nationally. Over many years the U.S. has moved from public gambling being limited to Nevada, to near universal availability. Most states now have their own lotteries, Indian casinos have flourished, and riverboat or ocean gambling is easily accessible. Our State sees no morality problem with its own lottery.