Jug gets purse increase; VLT money distributed
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The Ohio State Racing Commission on Thursday, Aug. 22, approved the distribution of more than $2.1 million from gaming revenue at the four casinos in the state, garnered from its three-percent take on gross casino revenue.
Also, it was announced $290,000 from the video lottery terminal (VLT) escrow fund at Scioto Downs will go to purses at the Delaware County Fair and to the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA). Nine percent of revenue from the VLTs goes into the account because there is no contract between the OHHA and Scioto regarding percentages.
A total of $170,000 will go to the Delaware Fair, with $120,000 used to support purses and $50,000 to enhance the purse for the Little Brown Jug. According to fair marketing director Phil Terry, if at least 16 horses enter in this year's Jug, the total purse will now be more than $550,000.