COLUMBUS - Ohio voters, after rejecting four previous casino measures, changed
their minds in yesterday's election and approved casino gambling in Cincinnati,
Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo. The measure is now written into the state
constitution after passing 53 percent to 47 percent. Ohio now becomes the 39th
state to legalize casinos.
The major proponents of the measure were Penn National and Cleveland Cavaliers
owner Dan Gilbert who spent a combined $35 million in promotions.
Penn National president David Wilmott estimates that construction on all four
casinos will be completed within two years.
Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, said "Let's start lighting it up
like Las Vegas." He will Wednesday making plans for the four casinos.
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