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No casino applicants for southeast Kansas

January 22, 2009

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— The Kansas Lottery says it received no applications to operate a state-owned casino in southeast Kansas by Wednesday’s deadline. The application period was extended 90 days as a result.

Lottery executive director Ed Van Petten said the economy was a major factor in the lack of interest in a 15-year contract to operate a casino in either Cherokee or Crawford county.

The Lottery Commission voted last week to extend the deadline to April 21 if nobody met the original deadline.

The Lottery is rebidding the contract after Penn National Gaming Inc. walked away in September from a contract to build and run a casino in Cherokee County.

The Pennsylvania-based company said it couldn’t compete with a tribal casino just over the state line in Oklahoma.

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