Study: Proposed Casino Would Hurt Ohio Lottery

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A conservative think tank says tax revenue from the Ohio Lottery would be reduced if voters pass a November ballot issue approving a casino in southwest Ohio.

Jeffrey Hooke, an adjunct scholar for The Buckeye Institute, said in his study that some people who would patronize the casino near Wilmington would play slot machines instead of buying lottery tickets.

Hooke also says the new casino would take spending away from restaurants, movie theaters, bowling alleys and other businesses.

Brad Pressman, co-founder of casino advocate, says if voters reject Issue 6 and turn down the casino, they will get no tax dollars from it, no jobs from it and no $600 million investment in the state the operators would pay to build the casino.

The Buckeye Institute says it has no position on Issue 6.