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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina Supreme Court decision upholding a ban on video sweepstakes machines is going into effect.

The state Supreme Court last month upheld a state law outlawing sweepstakes halls as gambling operations. The court’s ruling goes into effect statewide on Thursday.

The US Supreme Court last week rejected the sweepstakes game industry’s request to block enforcement while businesses appealed to the country’s highest court, a step expected by mid-March.

Enforcement of the video sweepstakes ban was expected to vary widely around the state. A spokesman for the Internet Based Sweepstakes Operators says 90 percent of the state’s operators will close down voluntarily, with some reopening using different software and gaming options that will have to be tested with new court cases.

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