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A Whole Lot Of Gambling Going on in Mississippi


JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — On Tuesday officials from the state’s Gaming Commission and Lottery Corporation told the Mississippi House Gaming Commission that Mississippi casino revenues are up by 3.32 percent and the lottery hopes to repay its $15 million starter loan by end of the fiscal year. Statewide gaming revenues are down from 2007’s high of nearly $3 billion but improved slightly in 2019 as casinos earned $2.2 billion, up from $2.13 billion in 2018. Revenues for the river casinos increased from $293 million in 2018 to $304 million in 2019 – they improved from $1.24 billion in 2018 on the coast to $1.31 billion in 2019 but revenues from Tunica casinos declined from $592 million in 2018 to $582 million in 2019. Penn National Gaming closed the Resorts Casino Tunica in June, leaving only six casinos there. Since 2010 the number of Mississippi casinos has fallen from 30 to 26 as the workforce declined from 24,000 employees to 19,000. Year to date the lottery has generated $112 million in sales and Mega Millions and Powerball are already off a strong start with sales of about $1.5 million. Tickets are on sale in 81of the state’s 82 counties.

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