Progressive slots planned for Charles Town Races

August 04, 1998|By CLYDE FORD

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Town Races plans to install new video lottery machines that will give players the chance to hit the jackpot more frequently.

Bill Bork Jr., marketing director at Charles Town Races, said up to 15 machines would be tied together electronically. Each time a machine is played, a portion of the money gambled would go into a combined jackpot, he said.

The jackpot's total would be listed on a digital display above the connected machines, Bork said.

The machines would still pay out for smaller prizes, he said.

But the real draw for the new machines would be the jackpot prizes, which could range from $3,000 to $5,000, Bork said.

The current video lottery machines can pay out up to $10,000, Bork said, but the new machines would have large jackpots more frequently, Bork said.


The West Virginia Lottery Commission approved the progressive video lottery machines at tracks on Friday, Bork said.

Bork said he did not know when the machines could be installed at Charles Town Races. The track is looking for a manufacturer and supplier to provide the machines, he said.

He said it could take a couple of months to buy and install the progressive video lottery machines.

The electronically connected machines would be set up in one area, Bork said.

"This just adds a variety in our games for different players," Bork said.

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