State of Ohio officials are being asked to approve spending $21.9 million on new gambling machines that will help raise money for veterans' posts and fraternal organizations.
The revised proposal by the Ohio Lottery Commission for "multi-purpose, next generation" gambling machines is expected to go before the state Controlling Board next week. The machines will replace video raffle machines that were deemed to be illegal by the state.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that the veterans' posts and fraternal organizations are accepting of the new machines, after rejecting the version proposed last fall because they didn't generate enough money to cover operating costs and charity donations.
Lottery spokeswoman Danielle Frizzi-Babb said 188 posts and lodges have committed to take 555 of the 1,200 machines the agency plans to buy.