N.Y. veterans trying to get newer gambling technology at their clubs

N.Y. veterans trying to get newer gambling technology at their clubs

May 15, 2017 10:52 AM
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Leaders of veterans organizations in New York State recently told state officials that getting newer gambling technology at their clubs would attract younger members and help reverse a 15-year slide in charitable gaming profits across the state.

"We must attract younger veterans in order to keep our programs going," Dennis Sullivan, New York State Veterans of Foreign Wars commander, told members of the State Gaming Commission this month.

Veterans’ organizations and fraternal clubs want state leaders to allow revenue-boosting video-gaming machines to replace the current "primitive" type of bell-jar pull-tabs authorized in New York.

A spokesman for the State Gaming Commission said officials are currently updating rules on charitable gaming and are conducting statewide hearings on the issue in hopes of helping groups raise more money for worthy causes.

A pull-tab is a gambling ticket that is sold as a means to play a game in which the ticket requires opening perforated windows on the back of the ticket and matching the symbols inside the ticket to the winning combinations on the front of the ticket.