The group Citizens for More Michigan Jobs has successfully collected enough signatures on a petition to create eight more casinos in the state to have the issue put on the ballot in November.
The addition of new Michigan casinos is being protested by many of the state’s tribal casinos, who do not want more competition. The state lottery director is also concerned about the additional competition may impact lottery sales.
“Every casino has cost us revenue so the lottery has gone down or the rate of growth has slowed at least with the opening of casinos,” Scott Bowen of the Michigan lottery said.
The group was reportedly able to collect over 330,000 signatures, the amount needed to get on the ballot, but the state will still have to decide if enough names were obtained.
The state currently has 25 casinos that offer slot machines, plus a full variety of table games.