Sweepstakes gaming company pulls up stakes in NC

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Posted at 9:28 PM, Mar 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-27 21:28:00-04

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A company providing software for sweepstakes gaming parlors says it's leaving North Carolina because it's getting too hard to do business in the state.


      International Internet Technologies sent the letter last week to North Carolina law enforcement agencies.


      The company is ceasing operations immediately. It'll take about a week for local operators to wind down operations.  


      IIT is owned by Chase and Kristin Burns, an Oklahoma couple who are among 57 people indicted in Florida in relation to a chain of sweepstakes cafes affiliated with Allied Veterans of the World. Prosecutors say only about 2 percent of the $300 million raised through the charity actually went to help veterans.


      The company says its legal problems in Florida make it difficult for them to provide daily support to North Carolina customers.