TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A short stretch of the Kansas Turnpike in south-central Kansas is a big issue in a decision about who gets to build and operate a new casino.
The Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board plans to choose Dec. 15 between two competing proposals.
Dubuque, Iowa-based Peninsula Gaming wants to build a casino near Mulvane, about 18 miles south of Wichita, off turnpike exit 33.
Ada, Okla.-based Global Gaming Solutions hopes to build the casino 14 miles farther south, at turnpike exit 19.
Consultants contend the state could gain or lose millions of dollars in gambling revenues based on the casino site, but the issue is hotly debated.
The board is expected to consider whether gamblers will make fewer trips from Wichita to the new casino if it’s farther south.