State targets biz lottery share

With lottery profits down, the state is looking into cutting commissions on video gambling.

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Video gambling revenues are down more than 20 percent from last year, and Oregon is considering cutting down on commissions for bars and taverns in order to get as much money as possible from the games.

Lottery officials today open debate about whether to cut deeper into the share of the money kept by the bars and taverns that host the machines.

The taverns and bars have seen their video lottery commissions cut five times since the games began in 1992. But many have more than made up for those cuts because of sales surges spurred by the Las Vegas-style “line games” the state introduced in 2005.

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