South Dakota keeps adding video lottery machines, with 567 more terminals and over $1.17 billion gambled this year, earning a record-setting $163 million in revenue for the state.
As the games continue their sprawl and the Legislature weighs an increase in betting limits, some South Dakota communities are trying to figure out a middle-of-the-road solution for the future of the 34-year-old games.
Rapid City, Aberdeen, Mitchell, Watertown, Yankton, and most recently Sioux Falls and Brookings, all have caps on video lottery licenses within city limits.
“The issue got to be that we were concerned with the growth of the casinos and I don’t think anybody in the beginning had envisioned that as what we’d have in Brookings,” City Councilor Wayne Avery told News Watch. “That we’d turn into a gambling center and have casinos in so many places.”