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Video Gaming Goes Live in Illinois
You may be able to get your gambling fix at the local bar or even bowling alley.
For years, Bowl Inn has held league nights for bowlers. On Tuesday, a new game moved into the building--and with luck, there just might be a bigger pay off for the bowling alley and the city of Jacksonville.
The Illinois Gaming Board allowed 65 different locations to start using pay off slots, 10 of which are in central Illinois. Owners of the facilities will receive 35 percent of profits. 35 percent will go to companies that own the slots. The State of Illinois will receive 30 percent of profits and then give five percent to local municipalities.
"If it helps the city out that's great," the bowling alley's David White said. "This town needs the help."
Jacksonville resident Glen Welch is happy the video slots are in his backyard.
"I like it," Welch said. "A lot of people like to gamble and then they have to drive an hour one way just to gamble."
White is also excited for the new income for the bowling alley. Representatives from the slot machine company, Prairie State Gaming, say these five machines could bring in close to $50,000 in revenue.
"That's a high number," White said. "If we can get half that coming into this place, we'd be happy with that too."
The Illinois Gaming Board is still processing licenses for different establishments.
Expect to see electronic gambling machines at fraternal and veterans' organizations, along with 66 different truck stops in Illinois.