Also, vendors of video lottery machines and communications networks will have displays and will make presentations at the conference, Musgrave said.
"It's a first step, I like to say, in an effort to create a mechanism to get video lottery states together to share information," he said.
While some of the states compete with West Virginia for video lottery players, Musgrave said the conference will provide opportunities to discuss cooperative ventures, such as expanding the MegaHits progressive jackpot games into other states.
"We have the ability, being state lotteries, to link games, as we do with Powerball and MegaMillions," he said, referring to multi-state jackpot drawing games.
Likewise, new advanced communications systems will make it possible to feature progressive jackpot games on video lottery or wide-area network lotteries in bars and clubs in multiple states, he said.
New technology also makes it possible to link video Keno games for progressive jackpots. In addition to West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland and Rhode Island offer Keno, Musgrave said.
Musgrave said it makes sense for West Virginia to host the first conference, since the state offers all forms of video lottery. He said Charles Town was selected as the host site, given its convenient location (less than an hour's drive) to Dulles International airport.
"It's also a venue where we can display one of our more popular facilities," he said, adding, "We think it will be good, working-type meeting."
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.