Sweepstakes cafes in several ENC counties have 30 days to shutdown

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) – District Attorney Seth Edwards issued cease and desist letters to businesses operating sweepstakes cafés in several eastern North Carolina counties.

According to the letter, sweepstakes operations in Beaufort, Hyde, Martin, Tyrrell, and Washington counties have 30 days to shut down or risk criminal charges.

Edwards said the state Supreme Court’s decision in April to uphold the General Assembly’s ban on sweepstakes led to his decision to issue the warning.

“Our courts have spoken, and at this point, I feel that it’s proper for us to devote our resources, law enforcement and the district attorney’s office to the eradication of these machines,” Edwards said.

Teresa Tran’s nail salon, Kayla Nicole Nails & Spa, is located in the same shopping center as a sweepstakes café.

She said the café brings foot traffic to the shopping center which means more potential customers.

“If any business around me will close down, it will make it more difficult,” Tran said.

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