Rules could keep Ohio racetrack slots open 24/7

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Tentative rules for Ohio's new racetrack slot machines would allow them to operate 24/7.

Ohio Lottery Commission spokeswoman Danielle Frizzi-Babb says the tracks would have the option of keeping the electronic lottery slots terminals open around the clock. She tells The Columbus Dispatch that would make the tracks more competitive with other gaming operations.

Another of the proposed rules approved Monday by the lottery commission would limit a horse track to 2,500 of the video slot machines, unless the lottery director gives permission for more.

The tracks also would have to clearly separate the slots from their racing wagering area and would have to hold on to security camera video for at two weeks.

The rules must go before public hearings and a legislative panel.