- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Legislation spelling out when and where nonprofit groups can operate casino-style games for charity in North Carolina has cleared one General Assembly chamber.

The House voted 78-38 on Wednesday for the measure, which would sanction “game nights” at facilities that legally serve alcohol, like restaurants, bars and social clubs. The nonprofits could hold four such events annually and award only chips - not cash - for conversion to raffle tickets.

A bill sponsor has said the law is needed because some prosecutors aren’t halting these events right now even as current state law makes it unlawful to offer games of chance and betting save for the lottery, Cherokee casino and some bingo. These game nights still couldn’t occur near the Cherokee casino.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

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