Good start for Kansas casino

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - BUSINESS -

Af­ter eight months, the first state-owned casino in Kansas ap­pears to be play­ing a win­ning hand.

Ed Van Pet­ten, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Kansas Lot­tery, said lot­tery of­fi­cials are some­what amazed by the pop­u­lar­ity of the Boot Hill Casino & Re­sort in Dodge City.

As of July, to­tal rev­enue at the casino has been just over $24 mil­lion. Van Pet­ten said that puts the casino on track to meet its first-year goal of $39.7 mil­lion.

The rev­enue has meant Dodge City and Ford County each have re­ceived a $362,801 dis­tri­bu­tion.

The Hutchinson News re­ported that Jane Long­meyer, spokes­woman for Dodge City, said the money in the city will be used for in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments.

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