Voters in Plainville, Mass., on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved slot machines at Plainridge Racecourse. The final vote reportedly was 1,582 in favor and 502 against (a 76 percent to 24 percent margin).
Penn National Gaming recently reached an agreement to purchase Plainridge when the owners were denied in their bid to receive a gaming license from the Gaming Commission because of financial mismanagement in light of allegations that former racetrack president Gary Piontkowski over the years took approximately $1.4 million from the track's money room without any repayment.
An agreement between Plainridge and Plainville's selectmen that promised $4 million a year to the town in taxes and fees has been transferred to Penn National Gaming. The Gaming Commission could vote as early as next week on the viability of Penn National as an applicant for the sole slots license in the state.