By Alton Mitchell
Victoryland Casino located near Shorter, Alabama has been closed for several years and taking several hundred jobs with it. This past Sunday casino owner Milton McGregor and Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford announced that the popular east Alabama casino will reopen within the next month and bring hundreds of jobs with it.
McGregor and Ford made an announcement on Sunday that Victoryland will reopen on Tuesday September 13th at 2:00 p.m. central time. The reopening of the facility will include bringing 500 electronic gaming machines with it as well as 200 jobs. The jobs are a welcomed sight for residents of Macon County and the surrounding community. Before closing in 2013 the Casino and dog track served as Macon County’s largest employer.
Victoryland has sought to reopen on several occasions since being raided by Alabama State Troopers in 2013. In 2015 a judge ruled that the state could not keep 1,615 electronic bingo machines and $263,105 that were seized during the raid. That began to pave the way for the reopening of the popular facility.
The facility serves as a popular vacation destination as it includes a hotel, casino, and dog racing track in one of the poorest Counties in the state of Alabama. Macon County Sheriff Andre Brunson and the District Attorney’s office are inspecting the machines to ensure that they meet the proper rules and regulations for operation.