VictoryLand owner hopes to reopen by Christmas

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A lawyer for VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor said he hopes to have the casino reopened by Christmas despite a court order allowing the state to keep seized gambling machines.

McGregor’s attorney Joe Espy said Wednesday that VictoryLand will have to obtain new bingo machines in order to reopen. However, Espy believes the casino will be able to do that.

The state has been in a long-running legal battle over the slot machine-look-alikes.

The attorney general’s office seized 1,615 electronic bingo machines and $260,000 during a 2013 raid at VictoryLand.

A circuit judge this year ordered the state to return the machines by Nov. 16 saying it was unfair to close the casino if others remained open. The Alabama Supreme Court on Monday stayed the order to return the machines.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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