"Every report we've got so far, those communities that have been awarded licenses seem to be very excited to have the opportunity for more jobs and a boost in their economy."

Julie Picton grew up in California but said she now can't imagine living anywhere except rural Missouri.

"The country grows on you," the 50-year Vandalia resident said. For the past five years, Picton has worked at Firestone and Appliance and Furniture, but the business has been an integral part of Vandalia for much longer.

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