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Maryland Slots Commission Grants First License

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Maryland's slot machine commission has approved the state's first slot machine license at a horse racing track on the Eastern Shore.

The vote follows a positive background investigation into the Ocean Downs track near Ocean City.

Now the owner, William Rickman, can move forward with his proposal for 800 machines at the track. Getting a building permit is the next step for him. Rickman says the slots could be up and running by next Memorial Day.

A field of developers bid on a total of 6,500 machines in four locations across the state.

The director of the Maryland lottery says a site in Cecil County is moving toward a license, while proposals in Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City appear not to be as far along in the process.

Rebecca Blatt reports...

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