Thursday, 10 September 2015
Well, we can all rest easy now, the mighty hand of justice has swooped down and delivered us from the evil of electronic gambling machines. What a ridiculous waste of law enforcement resources. Several months of “undercover” investigation! Come on, if the operation was against the law, then it should have taken only one visit to make a case, right. Now add the cost of confiscating the machines, holding them, processing them, prosecuting the case and add that up. Maybe an “investigative reporter” can uncover some detail to further enlighten us as to the real taxpayer cost.
Now the real issue I want to address: Did anyone who played these poker games think they would come out ahead? If they did then they could just buy lottery tickets. But wait, the lottery is a game of chance and a machine is used to pick winning numbers.
According to NC Education Lottery Spokesman, Van Denton, the lottery can be a fun game, even if some abuse it. “The lottery should be played for fun and with money that someone has set aside for it.” he said. “The first time that the lottery doesn’t feel like fun for someone is probably a sign that they’ve played to much.” FUN? Who has fun buying a ticket and then checking the drawing results or scratching off to see if he has won?
Now electronic poker, etc. is fun, interactive gaming. You pay to enjoy the time at the machine and maybe you’ll win something or maybe you won’t, but what you spent is for the fun of it.
I have never played these machines but have seen some doing so but I figure if that’s how they want to spend their money, so be it.
It would be interesting to review the so called “complaints” received by law enforcement. What could one complain about? I played and didn’t win, the games are rigged! Of course they are rigged, but it still is fun to play.
Back to NC Education Lottery, the latest data found showed that the scratch off pay out in NC is about 52%, the lowest in the US. The current legislature is debating gambling apps to spur lottery sales.
So this action is to protect people from a business profiting from another’s loss. Whoops, better do some “undercover” work on the NC Lottery
A.M. Jackson — Franklin, N.C.