RALEIGH – The tangled position of Internet sweepstakes machines in North Carolina could get more complicated.

Right now, the state courts consider whether this form of gaming is legal.

Meanwhile, Gov. Bev Perdue says it’s time to tax the industry to bring in money for the state.

Perdue said her position on internet sweepstakes is clear: She does not like them.

But she said you can drive through almost any city in North Carolina today and find a sweepstakes parlor. Perdue said until the court shuts them down, she has another plan which she says could bring in hundreds of millions of dollars for education.

“As long as they are here, until we can outlaw them and until the courts allow them to be outlawed forever we need to tax the heck out them and regulate them,” Perdue said.

Lawmakers who have tried to outlaw these machines multiple times were quick to react.

“I think that is a ridiculous idea,” said Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson. “I think, number one, we should wait until this goes through the court systems, through the North Carolina Supreme Court before we take any action. Sweepstakes machines are the scourge on the public.”

Other opponents to the machines said it is best to wait to see what the court has to say, saying this form of gaming is the crack cocaine of gambling and leads to many addiction problems.

“If we tax these parlors, then what we have done is we have legitimized them,” said The Rev. Mark Creech, Christian Action League.

But not everyone is balking at the proposal. In fact, there is a bi-partisan bill sitting in the House that would do exactly what the governor is proposing, but not until the court battle is over.

“A lot of people are against these machines, but most people are think if they are here and they are legal want to get revenue out of it and tax it as well,” said Rep. Bill Owens, D-Pasquatank.

Perdue said this is not really about liking Internet gaming or not. She said at the moment these parlors are open, and therefore she believes the state should take advantage of that.

“This is what we’re about: None of us, you or me, none of us can ever give up on these children. It’s all about the children in North Carolina,” said Perdue.

Right now, a case has been appealed to the state supreme court to determine if Internet sweepstakes can be banned in North Carolina.