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Lottery board to weigh Gwinnett gambling proposal

Dan O'Leary

Dan O'Leary

ATLANTA (AP) -- A Georgia developer is planning to pitch his proposed $1 billion gambling complex to the Georgia Lottery Board.

Developer Dan O'Leary is set to present the project on Thursday before the seven-member board. He describes it as an "initial introduction," and it could be the first time the board weighs in on the proposal.

O'Leary has already signed on legendary Georgia football player Herschel Walker to open a sports bar and restaurant at the site, which would also include 7,500 video lottery terminals, a towering hotel, spa, theater and other restaurants.

O'Leary says it could generate $350 million each year for the Hope scholarship program and create 2,500 jobs. It must also be approved by the Gwinnett County Commission, but O'Leary and his supporters say it wouldn't need legislative approval.

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toby 2 years ago

If O'Leary is paying for this out of his pocket and not me the tax payer, then fine. But if this is another get in the pants of the BOC, airport & stadium for example, then hell to the no.

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kevin 2 years ago

NO NO NO. Everything in this article is guessimates. There is NO real way to guess at how much money, which is the name of this game, is going to flow into State pockets. A casino is a terrible idea for that area. Crime is way up, that is not a guesstimate. Wait until you have "crooks in Brooks Bros suits" hanging around Gwinnett. Put a boat in Lake Lanier if you want gambling. That way all the drunks and thieves can just fall into the Lake after they lose all their money. What a lousy way to prove "entertainment" in our county. Give me a break, O'Leary isn't giving this little piece of land away for nothing. This is slush money to sweeten the deal for the people who will be voting to approve this.

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dentaldawg83 2 years ago

this is fine and good, but the State should move into the 21st century and allow the real thing, ie, Casinos, etc...

as far as the crime argument...gimmee a break..you folks think it's not here already?...

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kevin 2 years ago

so why add to the crime? That is common sense. Try race horsing if you want gambling.

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dentaldawg83 2 years ago

horse and dog racing would be preferable, but that's not on the table right now

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kevin 2 years ago

So why add to the crime? Try race horsing if you like gambling or move to another state. I've lived where casino are before and it stinks and never works out. The state will eventually bail them out while the crooks keep getting paid.

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dentaldawg83 2 years ago

The state will eventually bail them out while the crooks keep getting paid.

not what I had in mind...but, if this requires no legislation as is reported, I don't see how the state would be on the hook

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Linda 2 years ago

Count me out, I already avoid that proposed area. Too dangerous. Too bad we didn't try to keep gangs out about 15 years ago when crime rates were low.

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LoganvilleResident 2 years ago

According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report Statistics and the historical population of Gwinnett:

In 1990, 22 years ago, your chances of being the victim of a violent crime in Gwinnett were 1 in 376.6 people. Your chances of being a victim of a property crime were 1 in 22.58 people.

Fast forward to 2010, your chances of being the victim of a violent crime were 1 in 477 people. Your chances of being the victim of a property crime were 1 in 47 people.

What was that you were saying about crime 15 years ago?

Crime rates were actually worse 22 years ago when this was still mostly a middle-class rural area. The population has more than doubled so while there is an increase in crime NUMBERS, the actual RATE of crime has shown a significant improvement.

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Dubbin 2 years ago

Sounds great. I mean Gwinnett really doesn't have any hotels, restaurants, sports bars, shopping, theatres or spas right? Oh I forgot - we have all those and half of them are empty and closed. Why not put this in Gwinnett Place - it is already there and won't need any tax money to fund it.

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Mack711 2 years ago

If his plan is to connect to MARTA, as previously outlined, Then NO WAY. This is also a high crime area compared to the rest of Gwinnett now, as pointed out in previous articles. To place it in Gwinnerr Mall that may be an option . As for security most casinos around the country provide high security all over their property. They can not afford to have bad publicity. There is to much of Gwinnett and State money being lost to the Gulf Coast and Vegas. Keep this money in Georgia.

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Karl 2 years ago

I hope O'Leary is successful with his pitch to the Lottery Board and the County Commissioners. This would be a good thing for Gwinnett.

Best of luck on your venture, Mr. O'Leary.

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