Kansas casino application deadline may be extended

TOPEKA | The Kansas Lottery Commission expects to extend the deadline for applications to manage a state-owned casino in southeast Kansas by 90 days.

The commission voted Wednesday to extend the deadline to April 21 if it doesn't get any applicants for Cherokee or Crawford counties by the original Jan. 21 deadline.

Lottery Executive Director Ed Van Petten said nobody has applied and he doesn't expect any applicants before the Jan. 21 deadline.

The Lottery is rebidding the contract after Penn National Gaming Inc. walked away from its Cherokee County contract in September. The Wyomissing, Pa.-based company said it couldn't compete with a nearby Oklahoma tribal casino.