Victoryland moves toward reopening

Victoryland moves toward reopening

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MACON CO., AL (WSFA) -

Victoryland moved one step closer today to re-opening its doors. 

A demonstration of new bingo machines was held for the media and for elected officials invited by Macon County Sheriff David Warren.  The purpose of the demonstration was to show how the machines work.  Macon County Sheriff David Warren said he's seen the machines and considers them legal electronic bingo.

Casino owner Milton McGregor has installed more than 1,000 of the new gambling machines in anticipation of reopening what was once the state's largest casino.

Victoryland had 6,000 machines before closing in 2010 under pressure from the governor's gambling task force.  The casino maintained that its games were legal electronic bingo, but the task force labeled them illegal slots.

A liquor license has also been applied for and the Alabama Beverage Control  Board did an on-site walk through inspection at Victoryland today.  An ABC spokesman says that, once the paperwork from the inspection is submitted, the license could be issued as early as Friday of this week.

Victoryland owner Milton McGregor told WSFA 12 News last week that he hopes to re-open the casino before the end of this year.

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AP contributed to this story.

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