The Kansas Lottery Commission is set to approve contracts from the three Sumner County casino developers, Thursday morning.

The commission will consider proposed Lottery Gaming Facility Manager contracts in both the Northeast and South Central gaming zones via teleconference at the Kansas Lottery headquarters in Topeka.


The Kansas Lottery Commission is set to approve contracts from the three Sumner County casino developers, Thursday morning.
The commission will consider proposed Lottery Gaming Facility Manager contracts in both the Northeast and South Central gaming zones via teleconference at the Kansas Lottery headquarters in Topeka.
Last Wednesday, the commission heard proposals from developers vying for the casino in Sumner County. Though details on entertainment features, hotel expansions and gaming tables were prevalent last week, it will be the minimum requirements set forth in Senate Bill 66 — such as the applicant’s gaming experience and financial status — that the commission will be considering this week.
Lottery spokesperson Sally Lunsford said though the commission can approve and deny contracts, it has yet to do so in the South Central gaming zone.
Sumner County Economic Development Director Janis Hellard is hoping all the contracts will be approved so that Sumner County has the best opportunity for the best casino.
“My hope, of course, is that all of them will go forward because we want the state to have as many possibilities to choose from as they can have, so I really don’t see there will be any glitches,” said Hellard.
Wellington City Manager Gus Collins is hopeful Wellington will be included in those approved contracts.
“We remain, as a group, cautiously optimistic,” said Collins, who has been meeting with a group of people to discuss Wellington’s options. Predicted revenue for the Exit 19 site as well as the already in-place infrastructure could bring favor to the previously turned down casino site, he said.
“Then our site becomes the choice, in our opinion, because of the infrastructure, because there is significant support...when you look at that perspective of everything being equal except for infrastructure then we certainly are a site that meets strong consideration,” said Collins.
The deadline for the Commission to approve contracts with developers, unless the Governor approves an extension, is June 30.  Contracts approved by the Kansas Lottery Commission will be considered by the Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board, which will select one manager for each gaming zone.
Look to Thursday’s edition of The Wellington News and to www.wellingtondailynews.com for the latest on the casino contracts.