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November 4, 2009

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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