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Veterans groups can apply for pull tabs Monday

ANNAPOLIS — Veterans organizations in Maryland can begin applying next week for a license to have up to five instant lottery pull tab machines at their facilities, but it is expected to take months before the machines are playable because regulations still need to be adopted.

The provision, which takes effect Monday, was included in the gambling expansion measure passed in a special session in August.

While the main components of the measure to allow table games like blackjack at casinos and a casino site in Prince George’s County require voter approval in November, the provision for veterans does not.

The law does not include the Eastern Shore — where slot machines are allowed at veterans organizations. It also does not include Montgomery County.

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