Massachusetts cities and towns already are seeing gambling windfalls even before the first casino has opened its doors.
Fifteen communities have received roughly $5 million from the state's three licensed casino operators as part of compensation agreements negotiated with the companies. The operators are MGM, Wynn and Penn National Gaming.
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Municipalities are spending the money on a range of projects.
The Boston suburb of Medford, for example, is using $250,000 from Wynn Resorts to help build a memorial to victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. The Las Vegas casino giant is developing a $1.7 billion casino in nearby Everett.
The western Massachusetts town of Longmeadow is using $850,000 from MGM to make traffic improvements to roads leading to the company's planned $800 million casino in Springfield.