Franchot: Slot machine buy a 'windfall' for 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.