NC House bills filed on video poker, sweepstakes

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — While one bill attempts to ban video sweepstakes games once and for all in North Carolina, another would make video poker legal again and regulated by the lottery commission.

The bills were filed separately Wednesday in the House.

The Legislature has tried twice since 2008 to do away with the electronic sweepstakes games. A trial court judge threw out a portion of the current ban last year. The case is being appealed.

Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Bill Owens of Elizabeth City filed a measure creating a centrally operated video terminal system that offers casino-style games. Proceeds would go to college scholarships and higher education building repair and construction.

Gov. Beverly Perdue considered trying to revive video poker this year but decided against it.

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