Gambling Complex Developer: 'The People Have Spoken'

Developer Dan O'Leary released a statement after the casino gambling question on the GOP ballot unexpectedly received a slight majority favor.

Much to everyone's surprise, Georgia Republicans voted a slight majority in favor of the on Tuesday's ballot.

The question, "Should Georgia have casino gambling with funds going to education?" received 50.2 percent for it while 49.7 percent said no.

How did you vote on the question in Tuesday's election? Tell us in the comments.

While the question is non-binding and were merely advisory, it could impact the , particularly unincorporated Norcross. Developer Dan O'Leary believed the question is flawed, especially when compared to the Democrats' question, which reads, "Would you support Casino gambling in Gwinnett County?"

Now that the votes were more in favor than expected, O'Leary sent out a hopeful statement.

"The people have spoken," he said in a press release. "They reject government solutions that simply raise taxes to fund their operations. It’s time to think creatively about solutions."

O'Leary destination gaming facility would have video lottery terminals in an almost resort-like area, which would include a hotel, restaurants, retail and more. In order for O'Leary to move forward with construction, he needs the approval to operate the video lottery terminals at the facility.

at the Georgia Lottery Board meeting in April where he presented. Now that the voters have shown a slight majority in favor, things are looking up for O'Leary's plan.

"I trust this strong support by the people of Georgia will encourage the Lottery Board to move forward now with its mission of maximizing revenue for the HOPE scholarship," O'Leary said.

Do you believe this is one step closer to having a gambling complex in Gwinnett County? Tell us in the comments.

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Tim Suggs August 02, 2012 at 12:11 PM
I bet the Georgia Lottory Board will have to reconsider (pun intended).
Rusty Taylor August 02, 2012 at 07:53 PM
The problem I have is that education is ALREADY funded by the lotto. Where is all of that money going?????
Mack August 03, 2012 at 01:25 PM
One only has to look at the salaries of the administration of the BOE of Gwinnett and other counites in the area. We still have trailers in most of the schools. Follow the salaries and you will find the money.
Meredith Sigers August 12, 2012 at 04:34 PM
If Gwinnett county doesn't want it, find a different location. I'll vote for GA gambling anywhere in GA. Why do we continue to go to other states to spend our money. Keep it here in GA to bring Georgia education up to par, or even above. We continue to have some of the worst education amongst the country, let's finally do something about it. Why does it have to only support HOPE, why can't it be used for all education in GA! It's about time the people of this state wake up and realize people enjoy gambling; why allow those funds to support other states.
Meredith Sigers August 12, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Yes, it failed in Gwinnett, cause they don't want the additional people in their county. The traffic in Gwinnett is horrible, but they didn't think about the jobs it would create for their county. Utilize the airport and place it close to there or even close to Savannah. People travel to many different states to gamble now, they will travel within the state. O'Leary needs to think logically and consider different locations instead of being stuck on Gwinnett County.
Meredith Sigers August 12, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Gwinnett BOE salaries are not the issue, they are in the education factor of Gwinnett County, but the lottery money....look at the Lotto Admin salaries and you'll find a great deal. Also, once we opened the lotto and joined other states for Powerball and Mega, the money now is distributed between all participating states. It's the price you pay for having larger jackpots. When it was only GA games, that money stayed here and we had no funding problems!


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