Pennsylvania expands gambling options to airports, truck stops; what about Ohio?

Some of the most sweeping gambling changes in the country are coming to Pennsylvania.

Legislators, in an effort to bolster the Keystone State budget, approved an expansion last year that will allow people to bet online, at 10 mini-casinos, and in airports and truck stops.

The move is expected to generate an additional $200 million or more annually from license fees and taxes, Pennsylvania officials have said. The move also will have consequences for Ohio.

Ohio's new governor, who will be elected this year, will likely scrutinize the changes in the neighboring state and may propose some new initiatives, said Alan Silver, an assistant professor of restaurant, hotel and tourism at Ohio University.

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