Musgrave said Tuesday that Wheeling Island officials have not advised him on whether they will renew the license on July 1, but said they have asked the Lottery Commission for permission to expand use of electronic table games.
In 2011, the Lottery Commission authorized the use of electronic roulette games, at the request of management of the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town.
"At the time Charles Town wanted that, they had people waiting in line to play the traditional tables," he said.
In addition to allowing more rapid play, the electronic table games reduce labor costs. Although they require a "dealer" to supervise play, each electronic game table can accommodate 12 players, compared to six players for most traditional table games.
Musgrave said the Lottery Commission will discuss the request at its meeting Friday, but may not act until the commission's June 14 meeting.
"The commission needs more information," he said. "We've got some issues we need to look at, such as, can you play using virtual chips?'
Competition from casinos in Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania poses long-term concerns for the Lottery, Musgrave said.
"We don't have a huge population, so it's hard to grow customers. You have to bring them in from across state borders, and that's becoming more and more difficult," he said.
While the racetrack casinos have taken a hit, limited video lottery at bars and clubs around the state is running just slightly behind last year, at $333.85 million in revenue, compared to $339.12 million in 2011-12.
Sales of traditional lottery games -- consisting of scratch-off instant tickets and tickets for nightly drawings -- also are showing a small decline, at $161.5 million, compared to $166.7 million in 2011-12.
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