Laws and Rules
Alcohol Law Enforcement Special Agents are directly responsible for enforcing criminal laws pertaining to alcohol, controlled substances, tobacco, lottery, bingo and gambling. North Carolina General Statutes pertaining to specific areas of criminal law may be found on the North Carolina General Assembly website.
Administrative Rules and Regulations
In addition to criminal laws, businesses who sell alcoholic beverages under a permit from the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (ABCC) or tickets under the North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL) are subject to administrative rules that regulate those products and the locations at which those products are sold. Violation of criminal laws is a matter presided over by the criminal courts, whereas violations of administrative rules may result in actions such as fines, penalties, suspensions or revocations against a business that holds a permit issued by the regulating agency.
ALE Special Agents are authorized to enforce the state’s gambling laws. Gambling comes in many forms, such as illegal lotteries, Monte Carlo nights, racing pools, and video poker.
North Carolina law states that it is illegal for any person or organization to operate a game of chance or to play or bet on any game of chance that involves winning money, property or anything of value. Violators shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor. GS 14-292.
It is illegal to operate any slot machine or device where the user may become entitled to receive any money, credit, allowance, or any thing of value. A slot machine is a device where players insert coins, slugs, or tokens and the game of chance may result in winning money or something of value.
It is also illegal to manufacture, own, store, keep, possess, sell, rent, lease, let on shares, lend or give away, transport or to permit the operation of, any slot machine. It is also illegal to allow slot machines to be stored on one’s property for use.
As of July 1, 2007, Video Poker and Video Gaming Machines (VGMs) became illegal in North Carolina.
Video Gaming Machines are defined as video poker games, video playing card games, video bingo games, video craps games, video keno games, video lotto games, eight liner games, Pot-Of-Gold games, and any video game based on or involving the random or chance matching of different pictures, words, numbers, or symbols not dependent on the skill or dexterity of the player. Video Gaming Machines require payment to activate play.
Criminal Laws Alcohol Law Enforcement Special Agents are directly responsible for enforcing criminal laws pertaining to alcohol, controlled substances, tobacco, lottery, bingo and gambling. North Carolina General Statutes pertaining to specific areas of criminal law may be found on the North Carolina General Assembly website.
North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (NCELS)
The North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (NCELS) is for North Carolina residents who:
- Are enrolled at least half-time (six credit hours or more) in an eligible program
- Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC)* figure that falls within a range determined each academic year
- Are making Satisfactory Academic Progress
- Meet eligibility requirements as deemed by the State of North Carolina
Deadline: Until funding is exhausted
Award amount: Determined by the state of North Carolina
NCELS is only available for fall and spring semesters and is not funded for summer terms.
*As defined by the Department of Education, the EFC “is a measure of your family’s financial strength and is calculated according to a formula established by law. Your family’s taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security) are all considered in the formula. Also considered are your family size and the number of family members who will attend college during the year. Your EFC is not the amount of money your family will have to pay for college nor is it the amount of federal student aid you will receive. It is a number used by your school to calculate the amount of federal student aid you are eligible to receive.”
For questions regarding NCELS, contact the Financial Aid Office at 910.695.3743.
Sandhills Community College, located in Pinehurst, is a comprehensive community college chartered in 1963 and is a member of the North Carolina Community College System.