"Nothing inside the machine is ever allowed to be altered," Musgrave said. "I think there's no excuse not to know."
Musgrave recommended that the commission strip the technicians' licenses.
"To say, 'just don't do it again,'" he said, "I think that sends the wrong message to the industry."
However, commission members said Musgrave's suggested penalty was too harsh. Commissioners said the technicians apparently didn't receive proper training to service the machines -- manufactured by IGT. The technicians also publicly acknowledged their mistake, commision members pointed out.
Commissioners could have fined Shaffer Amusement up to $100,000 but, instead, issued a $1,000 fine for each of the distributor's machines that were altered. The company owns 360 video slot machines statewide.
West Virginia has more than 350 licensed technicians who service video lottery terminals.
Also Thursday, the Lottery reported:
• Racetrack video lottery revenue was $490,976,493, up 18 percent over the previous month. Track table game revenue was $55 million, up 21 percent from February. The Greenbrier resort's table games totaled $2.1 million.
• Limited video lottery revenue totaled $299,614,604, an increase of 9 percent from February.
Reach Eric Eyre at erice...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4869.