Gtech Corp. Looking For Reversal Of Lottery Decision in Ohio


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The Ohio Lottery made a decision that they felt would be in the state’s best interest moving forward. They are changing the handlers of their state gambling lottery from Gtech Corp. to Intralot Inc..

Gtech has been unsatisfied with the decision and feels that they have been slighted in the process. They have filed a formal complaint asking that the Ohio Lottery Commission reconsider their decision.

While Gtech feels they have been wronged, Intralot is claiming that they are just sour that they lost the bid. “They seem to be crying about spilled milk,” said Intralot President and Chief Executive, Tom Little.

Gtech is claiming that Intralot was not subject to the same reviews that their company had to endure. The company also feels that various performance problems with Intralot were overlooked by the committee.

“Issues being raised are not surprising. They’ve(Gtech) been with us for twenty three years. They have a vested interest in prolonging that engagement. But everybody was evaluated on a level playing field,” said Michael A. Dolan, the executive Director of the Ohio Lottery.

Gtech has vowed that if they are unsuccessful in having the decision reviewed by the board, then there might be a legal battle that follows. “We think we have a compelling case to be made,” said Robert Vincent, Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs for Gtech.

The company does still have lottery contracts in other states, and can afford to lose Ohio. They still, however, feel the process was not a fair one.

Southwest Michigan Feeling Benefits Of New Four Winds Casino

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A new casino in an area usually leads to a sort of rejuvenation. Everybody is excited about something new to do in the area, and the electricity that a casino brings just permeates throughout the area.

That is the feeling that a town in Southwest Michigan is feeling as of late. Last summer, the Four Winds Casino Resort was opened in New Buffalo, Michigan. The returns have been tremendous for the town so far.

Tourism has gone through the roof in the town since the casino opened its doors. Local businesses are thriving thanks to the traffic of travelers that come to the casino. The area around the casino is also being built up quite nicely.

Restaurants have been built, and various shops and boutiques have also opened around the casino. A twenty four hour day care is in the works for employees of the casino. The casino has also created many jobs for the local residents.


“It gives people more options at the gateway of Michigan to enjoy themselves even more when they come to the New Buffalo area,” said Jerry Welsh. he has been a beneficiary of the new casino, he owns Garden Grove Bed and Breakfast close by in Union Pier.

The response to Four Winds in less than a year has owners already speaking of expansion. They will be looking into more parking, hotel space, and food option expansion in the near future.

Grey Eagle Casino Operating Without Fire and Ambulance Contract


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The Grey Eagle Casino has only been open for a short time, but they are treading on dangerous waters. The casino is operating without a contract for fire and ambulance services.

The Tsuu T’ina Nation is the owners and operators of the casino. They have an agreement with the city of Calgary for the rest of their reservation, but not the casino.

The Nation believes that Calgary will respond quickly enough should anything catastrophic happen. “The Tsuu T’ina Nation and the city of Calgary enjoy a longstanding history of mutual co-operation regarding emergency response,” said Chief Sandford Big Plume.

It is not that the Nation does not want the emergency unit response. It is clear they do, but Calgary is unable to provide the service due to lack of manpower.

“We have been asked by a number of external customers, including the Tsuu T’ina to provide more services to meet their growing needs. At this point, given the challenges we have to keep up with growth within our jurisdiction, we’re not in a position to take further contracts,” said Mayor Dave Bronconnier.

The size of the casino further complicates the issue. Several fire trucks would be needed to be dispersed to the casino. In addition, twelve firefighters would be needed.

Gambling Rehabilitation Center Opposed By Residents in Virginia

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Problem gambling can come in many forms and sizes. It can hit the best of us. even the most adamant of supporters must agree that gambling could become a problem if not carefully watched.

Those same supporters will point to educating and having the proper rehab centers available should the gambling addiction afflict people. In Virginia, residents are opposing a potential rehab center.

Residents in Corolla are outraged at the potential of a rehab center that would provide help for problem gamblers, alcohol, and drugs. Most would welcome a place like that to their area.

The Mychal Institute, has not been so lucky in this area. Residents are taking issue to the center, saying that it will bring sex and drug addicts to their town.

“It has become a highly emotional issue. I don’t care if a rock star or a U.S. Senator went there, I wouldn’t want them in my neighborhood,” said Chairman of the Currituck County Board of Commissioners, Barry Nelms.

He was responding to the fact that it might be a wealthy clientele that checks into the rehab center. The center does not take Medicaid, Medicare, or insurance. Checking into the center could cost up to $60,000 a month. Clearly, the center is targeting high end clients with addiction problems.

The center, no matter how much opposition it receives, should have no problem opening. The only requirements are that which are laid out on the application. The company has met all of those requirements.

Harrah’s and Penn National Awarded Casino Contracts in Kansas


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The state of Kansas has been waiting to find out what casino companies will be awarded contracts to run casinos in the state. On Friday, residents of the state partially found their answer.

Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. and Penn National Gaming Inc. were awarded their contracts in Sumner and Cherokee Counties. The announcement is the first in a line that will come from the state.

Harrah’s has been sued earlier this month by another casino in which it used to run. The casino claims that Harrah’s is in violation of a non compete clause in a deal with the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Indian Tribe. That lawsuit did not have an impact on Friday’s decision.

The State Gaming Board has been taking their time in making the decision on which companies will run their state casinos. There were several bids in both counties for the rights to run the casinos, but Harrah’s and Penn National secured the bids on Friday.

The other counties in the state that are still waiting on a decision for who will run their casinos are Wyandotte and Ford. In order to secure the bids the companies had to put in a proposal. The proposals were then reviewed by the Gaming Board and the first of the decisions came down on Friday.

Scotland Is The Luckiest Bingo Gambling Spot In Britain

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At the core of the game of bingo is luck. While people will tell you it is a game of skill, there is certainly more luck involved in the game than any other element.

When it comes to luck, Scotland is the place to be. It has been voted the luckiest place to play bingo in Britain. That means that anyone looking to make money playing bingo should make their way to Scotland.

Glasgow, Scotland for the second year in a row was named the luckiest spot to play bingo. The Mecca Bingo Club in Forge, Glasgow had sixteen national bingo wins, which is an extremely large figure for one area.

The chances are that it is the Mecca Bingo Club’s that are lucky. The one in Stockton, Chandler’s Wharf, was second in the polling. They had thirteen national bingo game wins at their club.

While bingo is still big in Britain, it is online bingo that is growing at a rapid pace. The online game is easier for people to play because they do not have to leave the comfort of their house.

The game is also growing because more companies are starting bingo gambling websites. Other sites that already exist are adding bingo to their offerings.