A vote for slot machines means a new casino is on the way. Voters marched to the polls and passed the referendum by 61%.
The Hamilton Downs Horse Track is already under construction. Now that the vote has passed, a new casino will get under way immediately on the same grounds in Jennings, just south of the Georgia border.
Together the horse track and casino will offer everything from barrel racing to slots and poker. Of more than 1,911 voters who came out 61.07% voted “Yes” to approve it.
“I think it’ll bring more jobs to people around my age base and it’ll bring more excitement from out of town to come to our area,” Jasper resident Conan Capps said.
But not everyone agrees. 38.93% voted against it.
“I think it’s too much temptation for young folks, because we just don’t have a lot of entertainment for our young folks,” said concerned resident Kathy Smith.
The horse track is set to open this winter and the casino will come some time later.