Ohio voters favoring casino vote

Sep 2, 2008 7:02 PM

by Ray Poirier | Wasn’t too long ago that the possibility of having casino gambling in the State of Ohio was considered highly unlikely, if not remote. But, how quickly things are changing.

And responsible for the change is Lyle Berman’s Lakes Entertainment Inc. (LACO).

Joined by a local group of investors, LACO proposed building a casino in southwest Ohio, between the major cities of Columbus and Cincinnati. In order for the property to be built, Ohio voters must approve a constitutional change in a November referendum.

Gambling opponents have been vigorous in their opposition but the results seem to be for naught.

A recent poll conducted by the Columbus Dispatch newspaper found 53% of the respondents strongly in favor of the casino while 37% said they oppose.

Casino backers have turned in more than 760,000 petition signatures to Secretary of state Jennifer Brunner in an attempt to place the proposal on the November ballot. The signatures are expected to be certified once they have been reviewed.

The proposal is for a $600 million casino/resort that will be built in the city of Wilmington.