Gregg County DA cracking down on sweepstakes machines

Gregg County DA cracking down on sweepstakes machines

POSTED: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 9:02pm

UPDATED: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 3:16pm

The gaming machines are coming out of Gregg County after a warning letter was issued to businesses and organizations across the county.

District Attorney Carl Dorrough mailed the letter on Oct. 25, advising all gaming facilities to stop use of sweepstake machines based on a higher court ruling.

The sweepstake machines resemble computer slot machines, and have the been the subject of various judicial rulings.

Dorrough requested the organizations voluntarily cease using the machines.

“This letter is merely a courtesy to advise you of the possibility that local and/or state law enforcement officials may present criminal charges to this office should they believe that violations of (Chapter 47 of the Texas Penal Code) are occurring on your premises,” the letter read.

Dorrough declined to name the organizations and businesses which received the letters or to say how many notices were sent.

However, two hotspots, the Longview Bingo Center and American Legion Bingo Hall confirmed they received the letter and ceased operation of the machines.

To read more on this story visit KETK newspaper partner the Longview News-Journal.

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