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Ohio Gov. wants to fast track VLTs at tracks

September 20, 2011

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper website has reported that Ohio Gov. John Kasich has requested that the state's Controlling Board approve a no-bid contract for creating the technology to operate video lottery terminals at the state's racetracks. That would put the rollout of VLTs on a fast track. If the state’s Controlling Board agrees, the $9 million, two-year contract will go to Intralot, a Greek gaming company, to develop a central monitoring system to track the activity of the gambling machines, called video lottery terminals.
The report said when VLTs would debut at the tracks is still uncertain. Track operators and horsemen are in negotiations for splitting up the revenues. But Ohio Lottery officials said approval of a no-bid contract would allow the VLT monitoring system to be ready by the end of January, four months earlier than if the state goes out to bid.
“There’s a lot of revenue for the state and others at issue here,” Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said. “We’d like to see VLTs up and running as quickly as possible. This is an important step to that end.”

The Controlling Board, which provides legislative oversight on certain state expenditures, is scheduled to vote on the request next Monday, Sept. 26.
Click here to read the entire cleveland.com report.

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