Some Ohio Horse Tracks Miss Slots Fee Deadline

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio's seven horse racing tracks have met an application deadline for video slot machines, but only two have submitted $13 million initial payments for gambling licenses.

The Ohio Lottery Commission says the other five tracks face late fees of $100,000 per day.

Raceway Park in Toledo and Northfield Park in northeast Ohio got the payments in on time on Tuesday.

Lottery officials say the remaining tracks still intend to come up with their first installments toward the $65 million licenses, though legal challenges have made lining up investors difficult.

Three separate lawsuits have been filed against Gov. Ted Strickland's plan to allow racetrack slots to help beef up the state budget.

The lottery intends to have slots operating at tracks by May.

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

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