OH Lottery Preparing for Racetrack VLTs

The commission said some gambling machines could be operating by early 2012.

By John Kady

The Ohio Lottery Commission said Sept. 26 it plans to have video lottery terminals installed at some of the state’s racetracks perhaps by January 2012.

Racetrack VLTs were legalized earlier this year in Ohio. Roughly 14,000 of the devices in total are planned for seven racetracks, though installation will vary depending on construction schedules and whether racetracks apply to relocate.

A spokesperson for the lottery commission said plans are being formulated to install the VLTs, which the commission will have the authority to do after Oct. 17, when the legislation passed earlier this year takes effect.

The office of Republican Gov. John Kasich said Sept. 26 if the licenses for Beulah Park near Columbus and Raceway Park in Toledo—both are owned by Penn National Gaming Inc.—are transferred to other locations under approval by the Ohio State Racing Commission, other racing interests could take over Beulah Park and Raceway Park for racing purposes but would not be allowed to install VLTs for 10 years.

The Ohio Roundtable, a public policy group, has indicated it could pursue legal action to halt the VLT installation after the legislation takes effect.