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SD House votes down video lottery expansion

PIERRE -- Video lottery establishments will remain limited to 10 machines apiece in South Dakota, the state House of Representatives decided Monday.

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House members voted 44-26 against an expansion plan that would have allowed 15 machines, with the additional five needing to use new technology.

The defeat of SB 180 was the second major setback for the South Dakota Lottery Commission and Gov. Dennis Daugaard this session on video lottery issues.

Earlier in the session House members blocked an increase of the bet limit from $2 to $5.

Trying to reduce opposition, lottery officials offered to conduct a study this year on gambling addiction.

But Rep. Melissa Magstadt, R-Watertown, said she would prefer to wait on expanding video lottery until the study results come back.

Rep. Scott Craig, R-Rapid City, said video lottery is designed for players to lose.

"I heard somebody say, if you want to get out of the trap, you must first learn to let go of the cheese," Craig said.