Allowing slot-like devices at bingo halls proposed

Allowing slot-like devices at bingo halls proposed

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Lottery Commission is set this week to consider letting bingo halls in Texas use electronic devices similar to slot machines.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the commission will consider the proposal Wednesday that would let bingo players use "video confirmation" to show whether pull-tag tickets, which are similar to lottery scratch-off tickets, are winners.

Supporters say the proposal could draw more people to bingo halls, which would generate more money for Texas charities. Opponents though say the machines will look and act much like slot machines, essentially bringing a form of casino-style gambling to Texas.

Lottery officials say they don't consider video confirmation an expansion of legalized gambling.

Texas lawmakers approved state-regulated bingo in 1981 to raise money for charities.