Official optimistic on Baltimore casino interest

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- A Maryland lottery official says he believes the state is "well on track" to receive proposals to
build a casino in Baltimore by a July 28 deadline.

Robert Howells, procurement director for the state lottery, told the state's slot machine commission on Monday that there was a very good turnout for a pre-proposal conference in Baltimore last month.

Howells says there were about 50 people in attendance, representing about 35 to 40 different companies and entities.

The commission rejected an earlier proposal to build a casino bya developer. This time, however, Howells says he's optimistic thestate will receive "some good responses."

The Baltimore casino would be Maryland's second largest slotmachine facility, with up to 3,750 machines.

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