Since the law went into effect July 1, 2011, the Lottery has paid out $13.32 million from the Racetrack Modernization Fund.
Hollywood Casino in Charles Town has, naturally, drawn down the most matching funds, at $5.66 million; followed by Mountaineer, at $3.8 million; Wheeling Island, at $2.84 million; and Mardi Gras, at $1.02 million.
Currently, the account has a balance of $17.46 million: $7.46 million unexpended and carried over from the 2012-13 budget year, and $10 million deposited on July 1 for the 2013-14 budget year.
(Unexpended balances carry over for one fiscal year. Any balance left after one year then goes back into the Lottery general fund.)
After 26 years with the Legislature, Joe Koval, computer/technology director for the House of Delegates, retired Thursday. Koval is probably best known for announcing bill titles on the House floor during legislative sessions.
Finally, I was disappointed to learn the Daily Mail is dropping "Doonesbury" from its comics lineup, having been introduced to the strip in the Daily Athenaeum back during freshman year at the U (heaven forbid that it would run in the Richmond Times-Dispatch or Petersburg Progress-Index when I was a kid ...), and having read it going on some three and a half decades.
The announcement made me recall former Gazette editor Don Marsh, who often lamented that he had first dibs on "Doonesbury" when it first went into syndication in the 1970s, and passed on it, because he didn't think it was funny.
(Marsh also didn't get the humor in "Raising Arizona," which resulted in frequent newsroom debates at the time of the film's release ...)
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