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June 9, 2010

Franchot: Slot machine buy a 'windfall' for industry

Maryland’s Board of Public Works this morning approved a nearly $50 million contract to purchase slot machines for the Cecil County casino over the objection of Comptroller Peter Franchot who called the purchase an “incredible windfall” for the gaming industry.

The contract did not appear on the Board’s public agenda and the State Lottery provided paperwork to members yesterday, which also frustrated Franchot who said he did not have enough time to properly analyze it.

“How can we be sure we got the best deal for the taxpayer?” Franchot asked.

The contract allows the state to purchase 1,062 machines for the casino for the casino – though the operator plans to have 1,500 at the site. A second contract for roughly 400 machines for the casino was not ready and will appear before the Board in two weeks, officials said.

The Hollywood Casino Perryville is expected to open in the end of October, though one official testifying before the Board said it could open as early as late September. The casino is set to be the first to open in the state.
Posted by Annie Linskey at 12:43 PM | | Comments (6)
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Thats $46,000 per machine?!?!?!?!?!?!

Who's laughing all the way to the bank?

Who has connections to these vendors?

Looks like these vendors hit the FIRST JACKPOT and no quarters have yet dropped!

Why is anyone complaining about the cost of this??? This practice can't be uncommon. Don't you think someone's done a little homework on this?? Now you're either for or against slots. That, I can understand. But it's time to take a little revenue away from Deleware, W.VA and Pennsylvania. This wholw process has taken WAY too long!!!

The fix is in!
This purchase is screaming for an in depth investigation.
Does THE SUN have the stones to investigate their golden boy?

The most costly machine is only $1000.00 per machine at most $1400.00. Somebody is pocketing a lot of money on this deal. Follow the money trail. I also can't believe that the BPW would do such a haphazard type of purchase without all of the paperwork on the table and the amount of money involve. Something is fishey here and needs to be investigated. Where is the Contract Appeals Board when you need them?

Look, when the Casinos Lease their own machines, it's in the States where they aren't required to fork over 2/3's of the Take! Since MD wants so much Skimmed off the Top, the State has to pay for the equipment. Remember they are also paying Spielo for the System to run it all under the MD State Lottery guidelines as well. They set it up this way, they get what they Deserve.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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