Video poker parlors were shut down for having illegal games, but now the people who run them said, "Not so fast."
Just days after deputies raided businesses their owners said they have made a small software tweak and they are back in action.
The parking lot outside several sweepstake parlors in Lenoir was filled with cars around noon Tuesday.
The businesses said they reopened less than a week after a new state law went into effect by putting new software in their machines.
"We don't even use the word 'gambling' in here. They don't actually even have to play anything. They can just go in and see what it is, just like you get a lottery ticket and not even scratch off the whole thing and get the employee to do it," said Mark Lauffenburg from Triple Diamond Sweepstakes.
One manager told Eyewitness News that the new software displays the outcome of the games before customers play them.
But the businesses and the folks who play the machines say you don't have to read those outcomes and many folks are choosing not to find out whether or not they are a winner.
"I just ignore it. I don't pay any attention to that because I like it the way they were the old way. But you can see right off the bat if of you are going to win or lose? Yes, but I don't want to see it. It is more exciting if you don't know," said customer Linda Vannoy.
Police Chief Scott Brown has studied the law that went into effect last Thursday making it illegal to play or operate the machines. He also visited one of the sweepstake parlors.
He along with the Caldwell County sheriff plan on meeting with the district attorney Wednesday morning for guidance on whether or not they can still enforce the law.
"Obviously my personal convictions are irrelevant. I'm not convinced at this point it is legal. I'm not convinced it is illegal," said Brown.