The state Controlling Board unanimously approved the purchase of 1,200 ‘next generation’ gaming machines for use at VFW posts and fraternal organizations. The total cost would be $22.5 million over the next 2 years. Intralot would build the machines and receive 1.83% of all wagers to service the machines.
The Ohio Lottery Commission says they already have orders for 555 of the machines. VFW and fraternal organizations are not required to install the machines. A spokesman for the lottery commission stated that these ‘next generation’ machines provide another option while the courts and legislature debate the issue. If the machines are rejected totally or in part by VFW and fraternal organizations, they can be reconfigured to be distributed to other retail lottery locations.