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With counties opening up, Oregon’s video poker machines flashing back to life

The headquarters of the Oregon Lottery in Salem. (Jake Thomas/Salem Reporter)

The Oregon Lottery is making plans to turn on video poker machines in those counties where retailers are allowed to reopen, said Matt Shelby, spokesman for the agency.

“We’ll be following the governor’s guidelines just like in restaurants so the experience for those playing will be different than it was a few months ago,” he said.

Machines will be spaced farther apart, players will have to stay at a required distance from each other, and after each person leaves a machine it will be sanitized.

Players will be required to check in to be assured that a machine has been cleaned. Players will not have to wear masks, Shelby said.

There are about 12,000 video poker machines statewide . . .