The Ohio Lottery Commission passed measures Tuesday that could allow horsetracks to run slot machines 24 hours a day, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Danielle Frizzi-Babb, spokeswoman for the Ohio Lottery Commission, explained how the provision would work to the Enquirer and The Columbus Dispatch. According to accounts provided to the two papers, racetracks would have an option to provide slots 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“We went with 24/7 in the rule because it makes the tracks more competitive with other gaming operations, and it lets each track propose what is best for their business,” Frizzi-Babb told the Dispatch. Republican state Rep. Louis R. Blessing Jr. echoed a similar sentiment to the Enquirer. Both papers report that Ohio is expected to get four casinos, managed by the Ohio Casino Control Commission, in the next few years.
The Enquirer contacted a couple of public officials for thier reactions. President Russ Jackson of the Anderson Township trustees didn't find the provision to cause a problem, while Warren County Commissioner Dave Young alluded that the provision could be troublesome because a racetrack in his county is on public fairgrounds.
The proposed rule is expected to be put to a public hearing and reviewed within two months, and if approved there, it will be returned back to the commission.