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Did you know that North Carolina lawmakers voted against online gambling and gaming this week? The bill actually looked pretty good going in having passed the House of Representatives. I’ve been following this story for a while and am actually really bummed out about it. I’m not a die-hard gambler don’t get me wrong. But it would be fun to my join friends in NJ who can gamble a little money on games.

I love sports. I love picking teams to win or lose, or cover. It would’ve added a nice layer of entertainment for myself while watching these games. Maybe on a boring hot summer’s night betting on a MLB game would be fun right?

Imagine going to a Panthers or Hornets game. Walking up to a vending machine and placing a bet. Adding to the fun by having a financial rooting interest.

From what I read in various articles, some lawmakers voted against it because they feel like gambling could lead to many more addicts. I get that. But, addicts will find a way to gamble regardless. This bill would’ve been a way for NC to control gambling. They would’ve allowed 10 companies to offer online gambling and would’ve charged those companies to do so. That money was going to be used to help fund HBCU’s, little league teams and other causes in NC.

The vote was so close. It was turned down by a total of 51-50. Proponents say the bill is not dead yet. There may be some changes and it still could be approved. I bet it ends up happening! See what I did there?? Hahaha