DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The debate over skill gaming machines continued Tuesday night as Danville City Council voted to send the matter back to its planning commission to reexamine how the games should be classified.
It would likely prove a moot point if the state nixes the machines altogether, though.
City Councilman Gary Miller said those behind the machines “asked forgiveness, not permission” in their installation.
He said the games’ popularity is not hard to spot, pointing to a convenience store owner who actually got rid of gas pumps in order to add more parking spaces.
They have a distinct advantage over the other- the lottery and the historical horse racing, simply because they’re not regulated and not taxed,” he said.
He added that a major problem with the machines is their tendency to siphon dollars away from the lottery, which benefits Virginia schoolchildren.
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