Havelock police encouraging businesses to comply with sweepstakes law

Published: Friday, January 4, 2013 at 12:57 PM.

The Havelock News contacted businesses with the machines, and the ones who could be reached and would comment said they were complying with the new law but weren’t necessarily happy about it.

“We stopped Monday and put signs on them. By the law we shut it down,” said Matt Mistry, manager at U.S. Mini Mart, at 221 East Main St.

Mistry said that he planned on getting new software for his two consoles that could make the machines legal.

A representative from Food Fare at 227 West Main St. said that the three machines in the store, which are not owned by the business, are shut down and are not being used.

A bartender from Friends Billiard and Pub at 571 U.S. 70 West, who did not want to be named, said that the three machines that the business had were taken out on Thursday. She said that the machines were popular and were used a lot, especially on weekends. She said customers were outraged that the machines had to be taken out.

“Even people that don’t use them are outraged about it,” she said. “It’s our right to gamble if we want to.”

Other businesses that are listed by the city as having the sweepstakes machines include

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