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Sweepstakes owner cited, machines seized

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover County is cracking down on sweepstakes parlors still running despite a law against them.

The owner of 777 Sweepstakes faces a citation of running an illegal gambling operation on Gordon Road.

Deputies seized several sweepstakes machines from the business just after 7 last night. They did, though, leave the store's computers.

A sheriff's office spokesman says the citation against 777 owner Leo Daniels cannot stop him from reopening with new machines. If he does, though, Daniels could face another citation for having the games outlawed last year.

We went by 777 this afternoon to try and talk to Daniels, but the business was closed. He told the StarNews he plans to meet with his attorney to see what his options are.

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777

I wonder how 777 Sweepstakes on Gordon has been able to stay open this long. It is not far from a day care and it is across the street from Eaton Elementary. Also at night you have to be buzzed in and when you leave you have to be buzzed out. If the cashier is busy you have to get his/her attention in order to get out of the place. Is this not considered a fire hazard>

Look sweepstakes parlor owners

I don't frequent your businesses - but thats OK.
I am objecting to you guys operating because you feel like your businesses SHOULD be legal.
You are NOT.
You are breaking the law as it stands now.
You are not doing yourself any favors by acting this way.
In fact I believe you are hurting your cause.

Get yourself a lobbyist buy off a politician or two (or three) - get yourself "legal" THEN re-open.

In this buttoned-up, conservative town that's how you get things done........

Vog

Really?

Most of your comments are pretty stupid but, you really think that Wilmington is a "buttoned-up, conservative town"? I'd hate to see what your definition of a flaming liberal is.

Bobrien207

I guess the other response did in fact agree that this was a conservative town......

Of course conservative means different things to different people - among them meaning law abiding.
If these guys are breaking the law - even if the law they are braking is stupid (in their opinion) then they need to stop - get the law changed and re-open.
It's not rocket science.........
And you say my comments are stupid?

Vog

U MUST B FROM UP NORTH THATS

U MUST B FROM UP NORTH THATS WHERE ALL THE LOBBYIST ARE WE WHERE DOIN FAIRLY WELL HERE IN OUR CONSERVATIVE HOME ST BEFORE WE WAS INVADED BY THE YANKS SO IF I WHERE U I WOULD GO HOME WHERE I HAVE A SAY SO

We were doin fairly well here

Cept'n a course in reedin an writin. Nope, seems like we still aint doin reel well in that. But dont let that stop ya from thinkin were right smart in all a that other stuff.