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Governor calls for stop to cash payouts from gaming machines

Governor Strickland wants to stop cash payouts from the gaming machines popping up around the state.

He's asking the Legislature for a ban that also would prohibit non-cash prizes worth more than ten dollars.

Strickland says lawmakers need to take action because regulators are having a hard time figuring out which machines require skill and are legal and which are illegal games of chance.

The devices in question are typically electronic, tabletop models often found in bars.

The Republican-controlled Senate just approved machines for race tracks that allow bets on horse races that have already happened.

The Democratic governor says he believes his proposed ban would prohibit those machines.

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