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Connecticut casinos pay $25 million to settle lawsuit

27 August 2009

HARTFORD, Connecticut -- As reported by The Hartford Courant: "The state's two casinos Wednesday offered a little good news for Connecticut, which is facing a two-year, $8.5 billion budget deficit.

"The two tribes that operate Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun have agreed to pay $25 million in slot revenue to settle a disagreement about a promotional game that allowed patrons to play slot machines for free.

"The settlements resolve a state lawsuit against the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe that had sought slot revenue that was collected through the promotional program known as "Free Play," in which Foxwoods provided certain patrons coupons or electronic credits permitting them to play slot machines free for up to the value of the credits.

"The Mohegan Tribe had a similar promotional program called 'eBonus.'

"Legislative approval is still needed because the size of the settlement is more than $2.5 million. Lawmakers are expected to vote on the settlement when they are in session today, and Gov. M. Jodi Rell has backed the agreement..."

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