It would also allow tracks to cut back live greyhound or thoroughbred racing from 220 to 150 days a year, and would transfer $6 million from the dog and horse purse funds to Senior Services, to make up for the reduced license fees, which are dedicated to providing in-home care.
Also Tuesday, Musgrave told the Finance Committee:
| Lottery officials are tracking national developments with online betting and lottery games, but said, "We have no plans at this time to move in that direction."
Musgrave said that while it is unlikely West Virginia will offer video poker, blackjack or other gaming on-line, it may eventually consider selling traditional Lottery tickets on-line.
"It will first start with things like an app on your phone if you want to buy a Powerball ticket," he said.
| He has done about all he can to assist limited video lottery operators and retailers notified late last year by slot machine manufacturer IGT that they will need to upgrade or replace nearly 7,000 video lottery machines by 2017, at an estimated cost of between $20 million to $100 million.
Musgrave said IGT wanted to discontinue an obsolete communications protocol used by the machines in 2015, but agreed after Lottery negotiations to extend that deadline to 2017. He said IGT has also promised to develop a conversion kit to upgrade current video lottery machines at a cost of less than $3,000 per machine.
"Some in LVL would say that's not good enough," Musgrave said. "I've indicated to them I've done about all I can do."
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