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Gaming machines, cash seized at Brookshire Blvd. sweepstakes business

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police seized 76 electronic sweepstakes machines and about $5,000 in cash Friday from the Brookshire Business Center.

The sweepstakes business, located at 3730 Brookshire Blvd., was found to be in violation of North Carolina gambling and electronic sweepstakes laws, police said.

An investigation was launched after the business failed to comply with a written notice from the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s office regarding the operation of an electronic sweepstakes business.

The investigation is ongoing, and criminal charges are pending.

North Carolina passed a law in 2010 that banned the games, and it was upheld by a 2012 N.C. Supreme Court decision. Since the Supreme Court decision, some sweepstakes operators have pulled out of the state, while others remain open, saying they have made necessary adjustments to their software to abide by regulations.

Crampton: 704-358-5112; Twitter: @liz_crampton
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