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PGCB to Hold Public Input Hearing in Springettsbury Township on November 1st for Penn National’s Category 4 Casino Application in York County

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced that it will hold a public input hearing on Thursday, November 1, 2018 in the Springettsbury Township Municipal Administration Building to collect testimony on the Category 4 casino application submitted by Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, LLC (Penn National).

The township building is located at 1501 Mount Zion Road, York, PA 17402. The hearing begins at 10:00 a.m.

The purpose of the hearing which, per provisions of the Gaming Act must be held within the local municipality in which the proposed casino would be located, is to both provide a forum for individuals to voice their support or opposition to the proposed casino and to permit those persons with an interest in the applicant’s proposal to learn more about the project.

The Board also announced that it has begun accepting requests today from citizens, public officials and community groups who wish to provide oral or written testimony regarding the proposed casino. Those wishing to present testimony at the public input hearing must register prior to the hearing by visiting the Board’s website, www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov, and click the “Penn National Casino York Public Input Hearing” link under the QuickLinks section of the home page.

The deadline for registration to speak is noon on October 30, 2018. A listing of all government officials, community groups and individuals who have registered to speak will be posted on the Board’s web site one week prior to the hearing and updated daily.

Those who cannot attend the public hearing but would like to place written comments into the record can do so prior to the hearing date through the same web site link, by e-mail to [email protected], or by fax to 717-265-7416. Mailed comments must be postmarked no later than October 30, 2018 and mailed to:

PA Gaming Control Board
P.O. Box 69060
Harrisburg, PA 17106
Attention: Board Clerk

All information received by the Board during these proceedings, either in oral or written form, will be included in the record upon which the Board will grant or deny a license.

A separate public hearing will be held at a later date in Harrisburg where Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association representatives will offer oral arguments and Board members can ask additional questions prior to a licensing decision.

All questions that are not press-related should be referred to the PGCB’s Office of Hearings and Appeals at (717) 265-7451.

 

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry, along with oversight of new gaming initiatives created through amendments to the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act recently approved by the signing of Act 42 of 2017.

The Commonwealth’s casino industry currently consists of 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two smaller resort casinos. These facilities collectively employ 17,000 people and annually generate approximately $1.4 billion in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvania homeowners.

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Scientific Games Statement on COVID-19 Response

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Scientific Games Corporation is taking essential actions to respond to the global COVID-19 crisis.

Scientific Games CEO Barry Cottle said: “Like many others, our industry is facing unprecedented challenges from the widespread impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. We are working around the clock to take care of our employees, customers, shareholders and other key stakeholders in these difficult times, while providing uninterrupted products and services to those customers who continue to operate. Thankfully, we came into this year with a very strong liquidity position, including substantial capacity under our revolver, and also refinanced our debt, extended our major maturities and lowered our interest expense. We have a diverse portfolio of assets, product and services that uniquely position us to weather this crisis.

We are taking a variety of actions to help ensure that we meet the demands of this outbreak and are ready when the industry begins to recover. I am confident that the measures we are taking now will prepare us to come out of the crisis even stronger than before. And, I have never been prouder to lead a team where everyone is stepping up to help each other, our partners and our Company.”

The Company is instituting a number of cost-savings measures to ensure stability for team members and protect the operations of the Company. Some of these measures include workforce hour and pay reductions to preserve as many jobs as possible and furloughs for those support roles that have seen a decrease in industry work. During this challenging time, the executive leadership team has committed to a voluntary 50% salary reduction while Chief Executive Officer Barry Cottle has volunteered a 100% reduction in pay.

We recognize that the temporary furloughs that are made necessary by the impact of COVID-19 on our Company create substantial hardship for the furloughed employees and their families. We are establishing a Hardship Relief Fund to provide short-term assistance to those employees and their immediate families who incur unexpected and onerous personal, family, or living expenses as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The Company, Barry Cottle and several other senior executives will be making contributions to the fund.

Scientific Games is committed to supporting our customers in this crisis by continuing to provide quality, secure products and services to partners across lottery, iGaming, sports betting and land-based casinos. In addition, SciPlay continues to publish free-to-play apps for players to enjoy.

Scientific Games leadership will continue to evaluate this rapidly-evolving situation and assess the duration of cost-savings measures based on the continuing impact of COVID-19.

© 2020 Scientific Games Corporation. All rights reserved.

 

About Scientific Games:
Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) is a world leader in entertainment offering dynamic games, systems and services for casino, lottery, social gaming, online gaming and sports betting. Scientific Games offers the gaming industry’s broadest and most integrated portfolio of game content, advanced systems, cutting-edge platforms and professional services. Committed to responsible gaming, Scientific Games delivers what customers and players value most: trusted security, engaging entertainment content, operating efficiencies and innovative technology. For more information, please visit scientificgames.com.

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Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Chairman Rejects Governor’s Offer

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Matthew Morgan, chairman of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, has rejected Gov. Kevin Stitt’s latest casino gambling offer and accused the governor of attempting to take advantage of the tribes during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Morgan termed the governor’s offer as “yet another unsuccessful attempt to divide the tribes.”

“The letter confirms the real intent of Governor Stitt is to destroy the tribal interest outlined in the existing compacts. The tribal leaders who received the letter reject the proposal as disrespectful and disingenuous,” Morgan said.

Steve Mullins, one of Stitt’s outside attorneys, wrote in a letter to the tribal leaders that the Corona pandemic has changed the landscape for tribal and non-tribal governments.

“Now more than ever is the time for us to stand together,” Mullins wrote.

Included with the letter is the proposed new compact, which would require tribes to pay a flat 5% fee on gambling revenue and authorise both the tribe and the state to offer sports gambling, Morgan said.

The compact would also vest more power with the state to interfere in tribal casino operations, such as approval of casino vendors and installation of a minimum number of electronic machines in casino floor.

“This compact is a huge power grab for his office,” Morgan said.

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PlaySugarHouse.com Brings Joy To A Pennsylvania Man Who Hit The Divine Fortune Mega Jackpot At Home For More Than $159,000

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PlaySugarHouse.com is once again bringing a little positivity during these difficult times to a West Chester, PA man who hit the Divine Fortune jackpot on Sunday night. Anthony, who asked that we not share his last name, hit the jackpot for a total winning of $159,052.43. This is the third time the Divine Fortune jackpot was hit at PlaySugarHouse.com since the closure of all land-based casinos in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The first time was in New Jersey on March 15th and the second time was in Pennsylvania on March 20th, both for over $278,000.

Anthony was at home with his family when he won. “I still feel like I’m in a dream,” the 55-year-old commercial painter said. “I was definitely not expecting it, and I had to ask myself if I really hit the jackpot.”

While he doesn’t have any set plans for his winnings, Anthony expressed that he would like to put aside some money for retirement.

“It’s exciting to be able to provide a chance for our players to win life changing jackpots on an outlet that doesn’t require them to leave home,” said Mattias Stetz, C.O.O. of Rush Street Interactive, which operates PlaySugarHouse.com and BetRivers.com.  “This win made a huge positive impact during this very trying period of time.”

With all land-based casinos in New Jersey and Pennsylvania closed, PlaySugarHouse.com has seen an increase in online casino play over the past couple of weeks.

This is the fourteenth Divine Fortune jackpot at PlaySugarHouse.com in Pennsylvania since its launch last summer.

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