Gaming board moving forward on video gaming terminals

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has announced the first five locations granted licenses for video gaming terminals.

Truck stops in Clinton, Clarion, Cambria, and Centre counties were all granted licenses at Wednesday’s board meeting.

Video gaming terminals, or VGTs, are similar to slot machines in casinos. Each licensed truck stop can have up to five machines.

About 60 truck stops have been granted conditional licenses, but so far, only five have been approved for permanent licenses.

“The permanent licenses come only after we make sure that they have adequate fuel sales, that they have a land of three acres, at least, and also adequate parking for commercial vehicles,” said Doug Harbach, the board’s director of communications. “Over the next number of months, we should be seeing more and more of these truck stops across Pennsylvania gaining the approval.”

The locations granted licenses still need to meet regulations and have further inspections completed. Officials believe it will be a few more months before consumers can start using the terminals.

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