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Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 06/ 9/2010

Slots buy for state's first casino approved

By Washington Post editors

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and State Treasurer Nancy Kopp (D) on Wednesday approved contracts valued at almost $50 million over the objections of Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) to purchase and lease more than 1,000 video slot machines, Maryland Politics reports.

The 2-1 vote marked Maryland's first foray into purchasing and leasing slot machines to fulfill a 2008 voter-approved ballot measure authorizing Maryland to place up to 15,000 slots at five sites across the state. A series of problems have led to delays at all five proposed locations, but Hollywood Casino Perryville is now in position to become the state's first operating casino by late October.

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A Maryland board has approved buying 1,062 slot machines for the state's first casino for $49 million.

The Board of Public Works voted 2-1 on Wednesday to approve the contract to buy machines from six different vendors.

The machines will be used at a casino in Cecil County operated by Penn National Gaming. The casino, which would be off Interstate 95, is scheduled to open in October, but state lottery officials say it could open as early as late September.

Comptroller Peter Franchot voted against buying the machines, saying he only received details about the purchase on Tuesday.

But Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Gov. Martin O'Malley approved the deal. O'Malley says the recession already has delayed the state's slot machine plan, and he wants to see the facility running as soon as possible.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | June 9, 2010; 12:37 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  maryland slots, slot machines  
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