DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A new racino opened its doors for the first time to the public Thursday. Lines of anxious gamblers waited to be the among the first to try their luck.
Opening ceremonies included the official ribbon cutting for the opening of the Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. Baseball Hall of Famer and Dayton native, Mike Schmidt, was there along with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and others.
The racino opened to the public at 1 p.m. Racing begins in October.
The facility employees about 500 people, but officials say the racino will add at least another 500 jobs for area businesses, meeting their projection of 1,000 direct and indirect jobs.
Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway has 1,000 slot machines along with five restaurants and lounges.