5:46 PM EDT, October 24, 2012
Roanoke-area bus companies will no longer offer gambling day trips to casinos in West Virginia.
Abbott Trailways in Roanoke offers around 15 trips a month to places in West Virginia with casinos, like the Greenbrier.
On Tuesday, West Virginia's Lottery Commission said Virginia bus companies can no longer do these trips with the promise that passengers can gamble.
Company president Fred Abbott says these trips fill up quickly, and West Virginia is making a big mistake by doing this.
“I think after the state realizes how much economic impact the tour bus industry has on a location they will give it a lot of thought,” Abbott Trailways president Fred Abbott said.
Abbott riders used to spend $65 and get round-trip fare, lunch, and $15 for gambling at the Greenbrier.
Abbott says they'll still offer the trips, but will stop advertising that riders can gamble.
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