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Valdosta considers moratorium for gambling parlors

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -  A change in state law now allows so-called sweepstakes cafes to open for business, but leaders in Valdosta aren't sure they want them in their city yet.

The city council is considering a six month moratorium on business license applications for the gambling parlors.

A typical one has about 30 computers on which people can access games.

Customers purchase internet time and if they win they're able to get a prize.

Police Chief Frank Simons says businesses similar to sweepstakes cafes have tried to open in the city.

"What we are basically trying to do is to create an opportunity to have enough time for the city to determine the legality of that part of the business and whether or not it's something we feel we can license," said Valdosta Police Chief Frank Simons.

City Councilors could vote on the ordinance Thursday night.


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