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Revenue Drop After Video Gaming Machines Removed in Delaware

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DOVER, Del.- When the video gaming machines were turned off at the American Legion Post 2 in Dover, Jeff Crouser knew his post would not be able to give to as many charities and now it's worse than he originally expected.

"We right now, all donations have stopped, they've ceased and it's not only here at Post 2 but quite a number of the other organizations it's the same way," he said.

Without the machines his own staff has been cut.

"Either through attrition or layoffs, we are 14 employees less then when this all started," Crouser said.

The state shut the machines down because they're illegal, in part due to lack of regulation.

The two sides are trying to come to an agreement to bring the machines back, but not soon enough for some.

"These veterans they have so little possibilities of making a few bucks, they need this money for their expenses," said Arthur Mayor of Felton.

Dawn King says she doesn't know why the state got involved in the first place.

"They've been doing this for years and it's helping the community and it's helping the legion so they need to stay out of it, it's been fine for forever," she said. "So they need to stay out of it and let them do what they were doing."

Gregory Patterson, deputy chief of state for Gov. Jack Markell, said the state is working with the groups to get the machines back.

"These organizations that really have put a lot into the community, put money into charity and we'd like to provide a revenue source for them," Patterson said.

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