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HSP Gaming Suing City of Philadelphia Over Casino Permits

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The city of Philadelphia and the people that live there thought last December that casinos would be built, now, almost a year later, the construction has still not yet been started.

HSP Gaming, which is the parent company of SugarHouse Casino, has filed a lawsuit against the city of Philadelphia in hopes of gaining the necessary permits to begin building their casino.

The rights to two casinos were given last December to both HSP and Foxwoods Casino, but the city has been slow to issue the necessary permits, and that is due to opposition from the neighborhood where the casino is being built, as well as various lawsuits to keep the casino out.

HSP, however, believes that they already have been approved for the site and that they should be able to begin construction on Delaware Avenue, where the casino will be built.

SugarHouse Casino President Bob Sheldon believes the city has had enough time to work out the details and issue the permits, saying, “We do not take this action lightly. Since being selected by the Gaming Board, we have worked in good faith to receive all of the approvals needed to begin construction of our project. In recent weeks, it has become clear that our approach was not working and that we needed to pursue legal recourse.”

If the lawsuit succeeds the group will be able to begin construction immediately.

Ontario Retailers Not Allowed To Gamble On Lottery in Their Own Stores

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If the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. has its way, retailers in Ontario will not be allowed to buy or cash lottery tickets in their own stores.

The retailers are upset over a rule that actually went into effect on September 17th. The rule says that the retailers would have to go to other locations other than their own stores to purchase and cash lottery tickets.

The rule has not been enforced as of yet but the OLG has sent notice electronically that the rule would soon be enforced.

Spokesman Jim Cronin had this to say, “Once retailers received the electronic file and had a chance to look at it, we were contacted by them to say they’d like to have more discussion about the suggestion.”

Lottery merchants are waiting word as to whether the corporation is moving forward with enforcing the law, and if they do, lottery merchants will be prepared to voice their opposition of the rule.

The rule was apparently put in to place after retailers collected over $100 million in fraudulent claims since 1999, and the lottery corporation is trying to curtail some of this fraud.

The merchants are not happy because they believe that they are being singled out for the fraud, and they are prepared to battle the rule until it is reversed.

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