Carolina Journal’s Rick Henderson weighs in today with this commentary on internet sweepstakes games and the state’s role in the gambling industry.

That said, the state’s campaign against video sweepstakes operators is sheer hypocrisy. North 
Carolina does not merely operate a lottery, it pimps for it regularly, enlisting onetime celebrities like Ric Flair to pitch individual games and — more shamefully — public school teachers and administrators to promote the allegedly wonderful programs made possible only by the sale of those lottery tickets. 

It is ridiculous that the state operates and promotes gambling via the lottery, but then seeks to prevent private companies from entering the market.