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Ohio panel to take up video lottery contract

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Lottery Commission wants the state to waive its competitive bidding process and award an additional $9 million over two years to a company that already helps run the state's lottery games.

The state Controlling Board was to decide Monday whether to let Intralot Inc. develop the system that will operate slots-like video lottery terminals in the state. The system would track the machines' activity, including number of wins and payouts.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich laid out the details of his plans to expand VLTs at Ohio's seven horse tracks in a June deal with the operators of the state's four casinos.

A spokeswoman for the Ohio Lottery Commission says picking Duluth, Ga.-based Intralot allows the state to get the terminals up and running more quickly.