Panel sets vote on $22.5M for vets' raffle devices

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A state legislative panel is set to consider authorizing $22.5 million in spending to build and operate new electronic raffle machines for veterans' posts and fraternal organizations.

The state Controlling Board votes on the Ohio Lottery Commission request Monday.

A lottery spokeswoman says 188 posts and lodges have committed to take 555 machines. The request funds 1,200 machines made by Intralot, a Greece-based international company that manufactures other lottery machines. That represents about $19,000 per machine over two years.

The request supports $10 million for state education funding and $7 million for the posts and lodges annually.

Lottery pursued the new devices after Attorney General Mike DeWine declared earlier raffle machines illegal. DeWine ordered those devices shut down, but that order was on hold pending court action.