26.032018Alabama Gambling Tycoon Dies
Milton McGregor, the Alabamian gambling tycoon who owned VictoryLand Casino and Birmingham Race Course, has passed away, according to his public relations company. A statement from the Director of Communications read, “Milton E, McGregor, age 78, Montgomery entrepreneur and developer of Birmingham Race Course and VictoryLand, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, March 25, 2018.”
The statement continued to state that Mr. McGregor has left behind his 50 years old wife, Patricia Turner McGregor, two daughters, Kim and Cindy, and their husbands, Dax Hix and Lewis Benefield respectively and seven grandchildren.
The statement finished by stating that further details of his burial arrangements will be announced as soon as possible.
No Family or Attorney to Confirm
The deceased family and lawyers weren’t immediately available to substantiate the initial reports of his demise that surfaced online on Sunday morning.
McGregor was born in 1939 in Hartford, Ala. in Geneva County. His education at Auburn business schools and Troy State University was interrupted by two spells in the military, and for a while, his website reports he worked as an engineer in Huntsville for Boeing.
Entry to Video Gaming Business
In 1981, McGregor resigned from a job at Fort Rucker to venture into the video gaming industry full-time, opening a number of Happy Tymes video arcades in Dothan, Ozark, and Enterprise and placed video game machines in business all over northwest Florida and south Alabama.
In 1983, he launched a greyhound dog racing course in Macon County, which later became VictorLand and bought the Birmingham Race Course in 1992, transforming it to accommodate both greyhound racing and horse racing.
McGregor was a controversial business person. He was exonerated in 2012 on charges that he had bribed state lawmakers to sway gambling legislation and he regularly clashed with state officials on whether his bingo machines were legal.
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