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Company Seeking Springfield Casino License Submits Application Fees

A company that hopes to develop a casino in Springfield, Mass. says it has paid $650,000 in application fees to the city and state.

Penn National Gaming said in a statement Friday it had submitted a non-refundable, $400,000 application fee to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission that was required by Jan. 15 for the company to be considered for a casino license.

The Pennsylvania-based company said it also submitted a $250,000 fee required by the city of Springfield, which is conducting its own casino review process.

Penn and MGM Resorts International have both proposed resort casinos in Springfield.

MGM previously announced it had submitted the $400,000 state fee.

The state commission will make the final decision on awarding of the sole western Massachusetts license.

Mohegan Sun has proposed a casino in the town of Palmer.

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Lucas Willard is a reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011.
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