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Local reaction on Perdue’s consideration of gambling

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Wilmington, NC (WWAY) -- During the governors media roundtable discussion Wednesday Governor Bev Perdue made a very bold statement regarding gambling and video gaming in North Carolina.

"Everything is on the table now," said Governor Bev Perdue. "I mean everything, literally everything legal is on the table now."

At a time when the state faces a 3 billion dollar deficit, Perdue made it clear she's looking everywhere to make that money up, even if it means going back on certain issues like gambling and video gaming.

"I'm looking at the numbers. I'm looking if we can do it safely," said Perdue. "I do not want to be the gambling state of America. I don't want to be Las Vegas but I am concerned with video poker. It's been hard to kill and it just pops up in another form."

Earlier this year the governor signed a law into place banning some sweepstakes games. Despite the new law sweepstakes café owners found a loophole allowing them to continue using certain games.

"If it's going to be popping up we might as well regulate it and make sure that it’s at least fare and legal," said Perdue.

Here in the Cape Fear the governor’s latest comments did not surprise sweepstakes employees.

"I thought she would come back and say something totally different," said Lucky Sweepstakes employee, Jennifer Jackson.

Jackson has worked at Lucky Sweepstakes in Wilmington for more than a year. Familiar with the video gaming debate, she says recently business has fallen by more than 60 percent.

Study's for the National Gambling Impact Study Commission point out that economic growth differs from state to state producing a mixture of outcomes. Though it may take a while until the governor makes a decision; those currently making a living on the video gaming industry are wishing for the best.

"Hopefully she'll change her mind and see that we need the jobs," said Jackson.

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Fixing the budget deficit is

Fixing the budget deficit is so easy but the problem with people in North Carolina is there are so many people against gambling. What these non-gamblers do not realize is people are going to gamble regardless if they are against legalizing casino gambling or not. That means people from North Carolina will fly to other states and gamble there, which will support that state. I know people in other states that have casinos their and there state is not hurting like ours is. Maybe one day somebody will have some common sense realize if we can have casinos in our state, we could really start helping the debt we are in and create more jobs for people. Also, please note I am so against the internet cafe online gambling. Its ridiculous how many of these have opened up in each city in North Carolina.


these people REALLY this STUPID...LOTS of us already KNEW they people with the machines were going to find ways to side step the law and continue....I thought they should tax and regulate the crap out of it FROM THE BEGINNING! WHAT A WASTE!