The state's battle to curb the $2 billion video gambling industry might kill any chance South Carolinians have of winning the Bud Bowl.
A judge Wednesday declared scratch-off games and any other games of chance illegal if the place offering them sells beer or wine. That apparently would include all stores that sell items with promotional games, such as Budweiser's Super Bowl tie-in."Whether the games are free or promotional in nature is irrelevant," Circuit Judge Don Beatty said.
Businesses would have to pay a $100 fine per violation and forfeit their alcohol license.
The order could cripple retail grocery stores, which have hundreds of items on their shelves with promotional games of chance, said Jim Hatchell, president of the South Carolina Merchants Association.