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Gamble night and day at 24/7 racetrack slots

The racetrack slots could never close thanks to preliminary rules. / ragingwire (Flickr)

You won't have to travel far to gamble all night and day thanks to preliminary rules for Ohio's new racetrack.

Ohio Lottery Commission spokeswoman Danielle Frizzi-Babb told The Columbus Dispatch that slot machine use was approved 24 hours a day to keep the tracks "more competitive with other gaming operations."

But with this freedom comes other restrictions: The commission wants to limit the number of slots at each track to 2,500--a big switch from 2010 rules that let lottery directors determine the number themselves.

The Dispatch reports the state could generate $2 million every month for every 1,000 machines.

The rules still need the OK from a legislative panel before going back to the Lottery Commission for final approval.

Is unlimited access worth the economic benefit or is it a crime scene waiting to happen? Weigh in below.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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