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Pennsylvania Slots Produce US$200m For Purses
A "benchmark report" on slot machines in Pennsylvania "shows a 39.3% increase in purses paid at racetracks from 2007 to 2008," reported bloodhorse.com. The 1st gaming machines began operating in the state in late 2006 & Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board director of racetrack gaming Melinda Tucker noted purses increased from US$144.3 million to US$201.1 million from 2007 to 2008. And PGCB member & agriculturalist Gary Sojka said the report "helps gauge the progress of the 2004 law that authorised slots in Pennsylvania" & noted: "The improvement of our racing industry, spurred by the tremendous success of legalised slots gaming, has a direct impact on farmland preservation & a beneficial trickle-down on the entire agricultural community in the state".