Category: Lottery

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May2015
For only the second time since commercial gambling was legalized in Ohio, revenues from Ohio’s seven racinos ($70.5 million) exceeded those of the state’s four casinos ($69.5 million). Hard Rock racino, with revenues of $17.2 million in April, led the way with a 17.7 percent increase over last year. Scioto Downs was ... Read More

21

Apr2015

Pennsylvania Racino

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Penn National Gaming has pulled out of its joint venture with Endeka Entertainment LP to build a racino in Lawrence County, PA. The Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course racino, also operated by Penn National Gaming, is less than 30 minutes away from the proposed Pennsylvania site near New ... Read More

20

Apr2015
In 2012, legislation paved the way for racinos to come to Ohio. As part of that legislation, a memorandum of understanding called for an annual payment of $500,000 to each of the six host communities. Columbus was excluded because of the casino. However, an agreement was never reached on how ... Read More

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Mar2015
A Wisconsin distributor, 8 Line Supply, has pled guilty in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas to gambling related charges. The company had sold more than 23,000 illegal video slot machines to businesses throughout Ohio at an estimated cost of $2.7 million. In addition to the guilty plea, the company must surrender ... Read More

26

Feb2015
The Ohio Lottery’s next generation machines have not yet had the intended impact as far as revenues go. These machines were offered to the veterans and fraternal organizations by the Ohio Lottery Commission as an alternative while the courts decide the fate of the video raffle machines long used by these ... Read More

11

Feb2015

Video Raffle Machines

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While awaiting a decision from a lawsuit filed in Franklin County, video raffle machines continue to operate at veterans and fraternal organizations. Attorney General Mike DeWine’s position is that these machines are illegal gambling. Last week, the Ohio Veterans and Fraternal Charitable Coalition announced these machines have raised $12 million. Half ... Read More

09

Feb2015

Court Date Set

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The Ohio Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of Ohio’s video lottery terminals on June 23. Ohio Roundtable filed the lawsuit, claiming that Governor John Kasich overstepped his authority by allowing VLT’s at Ohio’s seven horse racing tracks without voter approval. The case was filed in 2013, ... Read More

23

Dec2014
A Senate amendment to HB494 called for three annual payments of $500,000 to Austintown and Dayton for being racino host cities. Governor Kasich has vetoed the amendment. The issue was over where the payments would come from. The amendment called for a 50-50 split of each $500,000 payment, half coming ... Read More

13

Oct2014
Despite a lawsuit that is still pending in Franklin County over the legality of electronic raffle machines, the Ohio Lottery has begun installation of their ‘next generation’ machines at VFW posts and fraternal organizations. 670 machines have been distributed so far.  On October 6, the software was downloaded and visitors ... Read More

13

Aug2014
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course will officially open its doors on September 17, becoming the seventh and final racino in Ohio. The racino will have 850 VLT’s along with several dining and entertainment venues. The adjoining racetrack will have live thoroughbred racing beginning November 24. The track will ... Read More