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Pa. truck-stop gambling applications rolling in

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State gaming regulators have seen dozens of applications roll in this year for gambling licenses at truck stops, including 20 proposals from York County-based Rutter's.

As of Dec. 17, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said it had fielded 61 applications for approval to offer video gaming terminals, or VGTs, which operate like slot machines.

Of those applications, 23 have been granted conditional approval by the board, said Doug Harbach, a spokesman for the agency.

"We are making on-site inspections of the facilities to verify the information in their application in regards to the guidelines in the gaming expansion act to qualify," he said.

The board does not have any dates yet on the launch of truck-stop gaming terminals, he added.

VGTs were approved under the gambling expansion bill signed by Gov. Tom Wolf in 2017. That bill also legalized mini-casinos, internet gambling and fantasy sports betting in Pennsylvania.

Under the law, truck stops must meet several requirements to be considered for VGTs. 

Among other things, they must: be equipped with diesel islands used for fueling commercial motor vehicles; have sold on average of 50,000 gallons of diesel or biodiesel fuel each month for the previous 12 months or be projected to sell an average of 50,000 gallons for the next 12 months; have at least 20 parking spaces dedicated for commercial motor vehicles; be a convenience store; be a PA Lottery Sales Agent; and occupy at least 3 acres.

A single establishment canhave up to five VGTs, which will accept only cash. Winnings will be paid through a redemption machine. The maximum bet is $5, with the maximum payout set at $1,000.

Applications so far

Conditional licenses have been approved for a Sunoco in Middlesex Township, Cumberland County, and the Gap Citgo in Lancaster County.

The board also has issued conditional licenses in Adams County for the Gettysburg Travel Plaza and a Sunoco in York Springs.

Rutter's, meanwhile, has 20 applications for stores across its footprint, including several in York County. A company spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment.

Here is the full list of applications.

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Jason Scott

Jason Scott

Jason Scott covers state government, real estate and construction, media and marketing, and Dauphin and Cumberland counties. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at jscott@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @JScottJournal.

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