A SAFE BET IN OHIO?

From lottery tickets to Keno and finally casinos, Ohio now appears heading down the path to expand gambling once again - this time by offering wagering on pro and college sports.

Separate bills with bipartisan support have been offered in the Ohio House and Ohio Senate. And Gov. Mike DeWine has said he expects approval sometime over the next several months.

All this because the U.S. Supreme Court last May opened up the possibility of sports wagering in any state. A year later, sports bets are now legal in eight states, including neighboring Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

How did we get to this point and what are the issues ahead?

A wide variety of gambling is already legal in Ohio:

The Ohio Lottery in 1974 began selling lottery tickets, in 2008 added Keno with drawings every four minutes, and in 2012 expanded again with slot machines at racinos.

Separately, Ohio has four casinos, the first opening in Cle veland in 2012. The casinos have table games, poker rooms and a wider range of slots than permitted at the seven racinos.

The Ohio legislature created the Ohio Racing Commission in 1933 to reg ulate betting on horses.

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