HICKORY, NC (AP) -- A judge's ruling in a Catawba County sweepstakes cafe case is giving hope to operators in their battle to stay open in North Carolina.
District Court Judge Amy Sigmon said this week that a sweepstakes worker charged with operating an illegal sweepstakes business was innocent.
The woman was arrested in January with the two owners of a cafe in Hickory.
The arrests came one month after the state Supreme Court upheld legislation making it unlawful to possess a game terminal that simulates slot machines or are used for the display of electronic sweepstakes.
The employee's attorney, Lisa Dubs, said Friday a recent change by the sweepstakes software provider put the machines in compliance with state law because it revealed the winners in advance.
She called the judge's decision significant.
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