Greensboro, NC -- The ban went into effect in December of last year, but internet sweepstakes storefronts are still in business.
19 new sweepstakes stores have opened in Greensboro since January 1 of this year.
There are a total of 45 throughout the city.
The NC Attorney General's office is aware of this, but because of a Guilford County judge's ruling late last year that declared part of the ban unconstitutional - - they've advised local law enforcement agencies to wait until the ruling of the appellate courts.
Right now these sweepstakes businesses are walking a razor thin line. Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes said there's nothing they can do at this time.
"They're making sure that they stay within the letter of that particular law. And they understand there is a gray area and they're playing with that gray area. I think just as fast as they appeared they will disappear. Just as soon as the judge and the court make some kind of ruling," said Barnes.
The City of Greensboro is taxing these businesses at a higher tax rate targeted just towards sweepstakes.
A store must pay $2,500 for a business license plus $500 per computer terminal.
Some stores have paid as much as $25,000 in city taxes to operate.
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