If you keep up with Lottery news, you probably already know this. Or maybe you are just a fan of video lottery terminals (VLTs) and want to know when you’ll be able to play them in Ohio. Perhaps you’re just surfing the Web, and you came upon us here. Whatever the case, here’s what’s happening with our attempt to put VLTs in racetracks around Ohio:
The previous legal challenge that had put the project on hold until the November ballot has been withdrawn. But we still seek legal clarity on our authority to implement VLTs in racetracks. We want the courts to agree with us that we do already have that authority. We won’t charge ahead without proper legal clarification, but we have taken the first step toward getting that. On Monday, the nine members of the Ohio Lottery Commission voted unanimously to approve the Lottery’s intention to seek a declaratory judgment from a court.
This is just the first step in what could be a long legal process, and we don’t yet know when legal action will commence or in what court. But stay tuned. If you currently leave Ohio to enjoy VLTs, maybe someday you’ll be able to stay home and play.