Ohio may allow state's seven racetrack slots parlors to offer video poker
May 01, 2017 10:10 AM
by Robert Mann
Ohio lawmakers may begin a push to allow the state’s seven racetrack slots parlors to offer video poker as they look to gambling to raise revenue for K-12 education.
The gambling expansion is among hundreds of changes made last week to the proposed state budget for the next two years. It would allow “racinos” to program the game on the slot machine-like “video lottery terminals” already in operation.
Backers say the move could raise as much as $12.5 million more in profits for K-12 education at a time when lawmakers are trying to close an $800 million shortfall in the $66.9 billion, two-year budget proposal presented to them by Gov. John Kasich.