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Published: Thursday, 10/8/2009

Mich. eyes horse tracks, Lottery for more money


LANSING, Mich. — Michigan lawmakers are exploring whether horse tracks and the Lottery could be a source of more money to help with the state's budget deficit.

The House Appropriations Committee plans to vote later Thursday to spend $20,000 so studies are done on two gambling options.

One idea would let horse tracks install machines so customers can bet on previously run races at other tracks. The other idea is having the Lottery use new pull-tab machines in bars and restaurants.

Opponents say the devices look too much like slot machines.

If the plans ultimately are adopted, they likely will face lawsuits.

A 2004 constitutional amendment requires most new gambling operations be approved by voters at both state and local levels.

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