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TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Ohio lawmakers are considering legislation to allow video slot machines in bowling alleys as well as race tracks.
Bowling alley representatives made their case Wednesday before an Ohio House panel that's considering legislation to pave the way for slots at seven horse tracks.
Joseph Gambish owns a bowling center in the Cleveland suburb of Amherst and told the lawmakers slots would help the alleys survive.
The committee's chairman, Rep. Ron Gerberry, indicated he was agreeable to the idea.
Owner of Rossford Lanes, Charlie Deck, says the legislation would bring much-needed revenue after the smoking ban. "That's affected us big time for revenue," he said. "That's made a major decrease we get for revenue, so anything to help build our revenue back would be great for the business."
Some bowlers in northwest Ohio say they would try their hand at the slot machines. "When I'm here, I'd have a little more things to do than just sit here," said Ralph Hahn. "I can drink beer in between balls and get a little action on the machine. Who knows, might get lucky and win."
Another bowler, John Stolar, says the machines would delay the leagues when he feels they've got enough delays already.
Voters will have the final say if a slot machine issue is placed on the November ballot.
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