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As more sports betting nears, W.Va. legislators concerned over Lottery changes

By PHIL KABLER

Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia legislators were told Monday that sports betting should be up and running at four of the state’s five casinos — including Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro — by Sept. 27.

However, members of the Joint Standing Committee on Finance were more interested — and agitated — by what acting Lottery Director Doug Buffington couldn’t tell them: What caused the abrupt departure of former Lottery Director Alan Larrick on Aug. 31, or why Lottery general counsel Danielle Boyd was conspicuously absent from Monday’s meeting.

When asking about Boyd’s absence from the meeting, Sen. Corey Palumbo, D-Kanawha, said, “It seems Lottery is another agency that may be in dysfunction.”

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