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November 15, 2012

Panel to probe resort casino issue

A West Virginia Lottery Commission panel will investigate allegations that day trippers have been allowed to gamble at The Greenbrier’s casino in violation of state laws and Lottery regulations.

Lottery Commission chairman Ken Greear will head the three-member subcommittee.

Greear says the panel’s findings will be presented during a Lottery Commission special work session on Nov. 27.

Lottery Director John Musgrave has said day trips to the casino promoted by charter bus companies are beyond the scope of the law that authorized the casino.

The Greenbrier’s owner, Jim Justice, has said the resort ordered a stop to third-party advertising of bus trips to the casino after learning about the practice. He has denied any wrongdoing.

John Myers, deputy director of the Lottery Commission, told The Register-Herald last month that The Greenbrier staff followed proper protocol and procedures and all pre-tour forms were signed off by lottery officials.

“People get a little bit hung up on the fact that the buses are running to The Greenbrier,” the deputy director said.

“Well, the buses running to The Greenbrier themselves are not a problem. That’s been going on long before there was a casino there. I don’t know how that’s got to be such an issue in some of the media. But that is not the problem, the fact that they arrive on the bus.”

The snafu lay in the fact that some bus outfits billed such runs to the famed resort in White Sulphur Springs as a “day trip” to the casino, which is not legal, Myers emphasized.

“You can’t come for the sole purpose of going to the casino and that’s really what they (some bus companies) were advertising,” Myers said.

 

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