Sands Bethlehem submits winning bid to build mini-casino in Mercer County

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The owner of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem has won the rights to build a mini-casino in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. submitted a winning bid of $9.9 to build a casino in Hempfield Township, Mercer County, near the Ohio border.

They outbid one other bidder in Pennsylvania's fourth mini-casino license auction.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is auctioning the rights to 10 new mini-casinos. They can have 750 slot machines and license holders can pay another $2.5 million to operate 30 table games.

The first three licenses raised more than $110 million. Those casinos are to be built in York, Westmoreland and Lawrence counties.

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