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Delaware is home to three casinos that provide various forms of gambling, including horse racing, sports betting, video lottery and table games. Additionally, 550 traditional retailer outlets provide Lotto, scratch-off tickets, Powerball and the like.
Vernon Kirk, acting director of the Delaware Lottery, said the gambling facilities are beneficial to the state’s economy. He said the casinos and racetracks provide employment for thousands of people, he said, and visitors spend their money on restaurants, entertainment, hotels and conferences, not just the gambling options.
“The money [made by the gambling industry] is not earmarked,” Mr. Kirk added. “It … provides a lot of state services that might otherwise have to be provided by extra taxes.”
Mr. Gregor said the industry provides positive aspects to the state economy.
“Because we’re bringing in dollars from outside our state, it’s like other forms of tourism,” he said. “It’s part of the hospitality and leisure section of our economic base, and it contributes to our state budget.”
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