Internet Sweepstake Terminals Cause Debate Of Legality
By staff
Controversial new Internet sweepstakes terminals in several York County businesses are causing confusion in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) detained several terminals from three York County businesses, claiming that gambling laws were broken. In rebuttal, Jim Griffin, the Columbian attorney for the Internet sweepstakes company, says the games are legal as they are free to play.

The Internet connected terminals are legal, however SLED says gambling laws were broken because agents paid to play the games, they are games of chance and agents received cash prizes.

Mr. Griffin says because players do not have to pay to play, the game is deemed a sweepstakes which is legal.

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