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Recount Held In Massachusetts Casino Vote

Mohegan Sun Lost Bid By Just 93 Votes Earlier This Month

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A casino developer will get a recount today after its plan to build a casino in the town of Palmer, Massachusetts was defeated by less than 100 votes.

The vote was held on Nov. 5 and Mohegan Sun lost by just 93 votes.

“There were some technical problems with the voting in precinct two. They are very, very troubling to us and we will be asking the town of Palmer for a hand recount of the ballots in today’s election and the town is considering that on their own as well”, the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority said immediately after the outcome, according to WWLP.com.

Mohegan Sun’s plan called for a $1 billion Las Vegas-style casino-resort just off Exit 8 of the Massachusetts Turnpike. Many were opposed to a casino coming into their town.

According to The Courant, the recount isn’t expected to change anything, though.

Mohegan Sun was in competition with MGM Resorts International, which wants to build in Springfield, for the sole license to be awarded in the western part of the state.

Massachusetts legalized three Las Vegas-style casinos and a slots-only parlor in 2011, in a move to keep pace with gambling expansion projects in neighboring states.

Officials wanted to keep gambling revenue within their state, instead of seeing it flow into other jurisdictions. The casinos should provide significant tax dollars.

In the Boston area, Steve Wynn looks to be the favorite to win a bid to build a massive casino complex in the town of Everett. Caesars recently ditched its Boston casino plans.

(Photo above is an artist’s rendering of what the Mohegan Sun casino in Palmer would have looked like if it had been approved by voters and then approved by state gaming regulators.)

 
 
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