The Kansas Lottery Commission is expected to extend the application period for a contract to build and manage a state-owned casino in south-central Kansas.

The commission meets in Topeka on Wednesday, eight days before the deadline for applying for the contract in Sumner County.

A 2007 Kansas law provides for one state-owned casino in each of four specific zones. Only one has been developed so far - the Boot Hill Casino & Resort, which opened in Dodge City in December. A second casino is being built near Kansas Speedway in western Wyandotte County.

The last remaining bidder for the contract in the south-central zone withdrew its application April 9.

There are also no pending applications to develop a casino in southeastern zone, which is made up of Crawford and Cherokee counties.
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