Leominster to Give Thumbs Up, Down on Slots Casino

Voters in the Worcester County city of Leominster will cast ballots Tuesday on a slots casino bid.

Leominster residents are considering a $125-million-plus project with up to 1,250 slot machines.

“I don’t know how much it’ll pass by, but I know it will pass,” said Dean Mazzarella, Leominster’s mayor. “I know – myself – I’ve spent the summer doing my homework, as they say, the research and due diligence to figure out what this meant for the city. The pros, the cons.”

Mazzarella dismissed the cons of casino gaming often raised by opponents:  crime, traffic problems, gambling. But the pros, he says, are hundreds of jobs and – in each of the first several years, at least – some $4 million, courtesy of developer Cordish Companies.

If voters support the referendum, Leominster will compete with Raynham and Plainville to host the state’s only slots parlor. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will award the license as early as December.