Ohio Tracks Have To Retool For Slots

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Cincinnati (AP) -- The introduction of video slot machines will have most of Ohio's racetracks scrambling to install machines while others face even bigger changes.

At one track, it likely will mean a move from the county fairgrounds where local officials allow betting on harness racing and simulcasting but don't want slots.

For another track that has been for sale for months, it means the ante has gone way up.

The plan allowing the lottery commission to license video slots at Ohio's seven racetracks is expected to raise $933 million to help fill a gap in the state's two-year budget.

Each track could have as many as 2,500 machines.

But before they can get started, Ohio lottery officials have to establish ground rules for licenses, security and operations.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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