Weirton seeks to limit casinos

By Keri Brown

Six years ago, the Legislature legalized video lottery machines outside the state’s four racetracks. Businesses throughout the state were making illegal payouts on thousands of the machines. Former Governor Bob Wise lobbied for the video lottery bill by saying it was time to “reduce, restrict and regulate” the industry.

But in Weirton, video lottery machines have proliferated. Weirton now has more businesses that operate video lottery machines than any other city in the state. The City Council worries that casinos may someday expand beyond the nearby Mountaineer Racetrack and Gaming Resort, just like video lottery did. So it’s acting to restrict the location of casinos in case that day ever comes.

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