Kan. Lottery Chief Cautious About Track's Plan

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Lottery's executive director is cautious about a proposal to cut the state's share of slot machine revenues.

A law enacted last year allows slots at dog and horse tracks but says the state gets at least 40 percent of the revenues.

The Lottery, which would own the new gambling, has been unable to agree on contracts with the operators of The Woodlands in Kansas City, Kan., and Camptown Greyhound Park in Frontenac.

The tracks have said the state's percentage is too high. Phil Ruffin Sr., whose company owns Camptown, has said he will ask legislators to change the law.

Lottery Executive Director Ed Van Petten said Wednesday that tracks could use the break now. But he said if the economy improves, they might get a windfall.

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