On June 22nd, 2008, the state is expected to achieve a forty percent growth regarding their profits and offer more three thousand jobs in the next fifteen months as a pair of temporary slots establishments are changed into permanent gambling locations and two more gaming facilities are constructed, according to Kevin Hayes, the Director of Operations for the Pennsylvania Gambling Board.
The Meadows Racing Track and Casino located in Washington, Washington County and the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, will be modified from temporary gambling locations to permanent gambling locations. Director Hayes commented that these modifications, together with the construction of the Sands Bethworks in Bethlehem, Northampton County and the Majestic Star Casino in Pittsburgh are widely expected to produce $650 million in gambling revenues.
Hayes added that Pennsylvania would receive a total of $360 million in taxes every year base on the estimates. He added that the expansion of gambling in the state in the next fifteen month will match the gambling growth in the commonwealth during the year 2006 and 2007.