Dauphin County opts out of VGTs at truck stops

HARRISBURG, Pa.  (WHTM) — Dauphin County opting out of video gaming terminals at truck stops. Video gaming terminals, or VGTs, are machines with casino-style games.

“Whether it’s a good thing for our county or not a good thing for our county, we just didn’t have the information yet,” Commissioner Jeff Haste said.

Dauphin County was one of 12 counties eligible to opt out because it already hosts a casino, the Hollywood Casino owned by Penn National, but the commissioners say fear of competition from VGTs is not why they opted out.

“We’re trying to figure that out and again it will be driven upon, those sites and how they positively or negatively impact those communities and the overall budget,” Haste said.

Rutters has expressed interest in having VGTs in Dauphin County. The commissioners can still opt back in.

Truck stops can have up to five VGTs.

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