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Gaming Commission awards casino license to Wynn Resorts

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission discusses the Eastern Mass. proposal Wednesday morning. (Twitter / @MassGamingComm) The Massachusetts Gaming Commission discusses the Eastern Mass. proposal Wednesday morning. (Twitter / @MassGamingComm)
A rendering of Wynn Resorts' $1.6 billion hotel and casino proposal in Everett, MA. A rendering of Wynn Resorts' $1.6 billion hotel and casino proposal in Everett, MA.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission unanimously voted to award the Eastern Mass. casino license to Wynn Resorts Wednesday morning.

The Commission voted 3-1 in favor of its Everett proposal Tuesday in a preliminary vote. Commissioner James McHugh was the lone dissenter in Tuesday's vote. 

The Wynn's $1.6 billion proposal was chosen in favor of Mohegan Sun's $1.1 billion plan for the Suffolk Downs horse racing track in Revere.

According to the Commission's review, which lasted nearly two weeks, the Wynn's proposal is predicted to generate more than 3,200 jobs with an average wage higher than $56,000.

Wynn Resorts now joins MGM Springfield as the two Massachusetts license designees.

Carole Brennan, a spokesperson for MGM Springfield, said the Commission had to decide between two very strong casino operators that were competing for the license.

"Together we will stand strong with our host communities to welcome gaming, and vigorously defend the law by educating voters on this unique opportunity to bring thousands of new jobs, increase economic benefits and recapture revenues for the Commonwealth."

No Casino Springfield representative Ted Steger said Tuesday's vote is just the beginning of "casino mess," and that, "it's an industry in decline and we want to be a city on the rise, and the only way to stop the mess is to vote yes (to ballot question 3 in November)."

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