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BALTIMORE (AP)- Anne Arundel County voters have approved a zoning ordinance needed to build a casino next to Arundel Mills Mall.
With 43 percent of precincts reporting, voters on Tuesday supported the casino with 56 percent of the vote, compared to 44 percent who were against it.
The casino proposed by Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. could hold as many as 4,750 slot machines, nearly one-third of the 15,000 slot machines allowed in the state.
The site could generate as much as $500 million a year, with about $243 million going to the state and $30 million to the county at a time when both face big budget deficits. The operator would get about a third of the proceeds.
Foes and supporters spent millions on television ads and direct mail.