Bidder for Wyandotte Casino Drops Out

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. has withdrawn its application to manage a state-run casino in Wyandotte County.

The executive director of the Kansas Lottery, Ed Van Petten, confirmed that Pinnacle notified the agency by letter and e-mail Tuesday but gave no reason for its decision. He said Pinnacle will get back a $25 million fee it paid when it signed a contract in May.

That means the Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board will have only three applications for Wyandotte County. They are Legends Sun, Golden Gaming Inc. and Kansas Entertainment, which includes Kansas Speedway. The board plans to pick one plan on Friday.

Under a law enacted last year, the Lottery will own the new gambling, but one of the applicants will manage it.

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