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R.I. braces for revenue loss from Mass. casinos

LINCOLN, R.I. — The decision to award Massachusetts’ slot parlor license to Plainridge Racecourse left officials in Rhode Island as cold as the state’s famous Del’s lemonade, and facing a budget disaster they can do little to stop.

The Plainville harness racing track is just 20 miles by car from Twin River Casino in Lincoln, a cash cow that pours about $300 million a year into the Rhode Island state treasury.

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