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Ohio plans new video lottery game this summer

Jun 4, 2008, 9:26 am

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The director of the Ohio Lottery says he still plans to start a new video lottery game in July despite a delay in awarding a contract to a company that will provide the equipment to bars and restaurants.

A state panel today postponed voting on a contract proposal from Atlanta-based Intralot but likely will approve it in two weeks. Members of the state Controlling Board say they will await the outcome of an appeal filed by the losing company.

The Ohio Lottery Commission hears the appeal by Providence, Rhode Island-based Gtech Corporation tomorrow.

Lottery Director Michael Dolan says Gtech will operate the Keno game starting in July. Intralot's contract proposal calls for the company to take over a year later.

Strickland says the bingo-like Keno game and the $73 million he expects in revenues the first year are necessary to help plug an estimated $733 budget hole.

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