CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – A Las Vegas company is betting big that it can persuade New Hampshire lawmakers to allow it to bring thousands of video slot machines to the state.

The Concord Monitor reports that an affiliate of Millennium Gaming has spent more than $140,000 in the last 18 months on work by a prominent Concord lobbying firm. Other lobbyists also have been working for the effort.

The New Hampshire Senate voted 16-8 this month to support the slots plan, which calls for the machines at horse and dog tracks and at two locations in the northern part of the state.

The House has opposed gambling for a long time, and doesn’t appear moved by supporters’ promises that the slots will generate $205 million in state revenues in the next two years.

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