Sweepstakes cafes were all the rage in the early 2010s. A law enacted in 2013 seemingly put them out of business by banning cash prizes. 2013 and 2014 saw a statewide crackdown on these illegal gambling establishments. In 2014 the Ohio General Assembly gave the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) ...
April 18, 2019ogadmin
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 ...
May 19, 2015ogadmin
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 ...
April 21, 2015ogadmin
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 ...
April 20, 2015ogadmin
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 ...
March 2, 2015ogadmin
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 ...
February 26, 2015ogadmin
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 ...
February 11, 2015ogadmin
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, ...
February 9, 2015ogadmin
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 ...
December 23, 2014ogadmin
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 ...
October 13, 2014ogadmin