JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Casino revenues sprinted ahead in Mississippi in June, powered by a strong performance at Gulf Coast gambling halls.
Figures show gamblers lost $182 million in June, 7% more than in the same month in 2018.
That includes $1.6 million in sports betting revenue at casinos.
The 12 coastal casinos saw June revenue rise 12% to $109 million, continuing a strong run that began in spring 2018.
The 14 river casinos saw revenue rise less than 1% from June 2018 to $72 million. It's the 10th increase in 11 months for a region hard-hit by competition. The increase comes despite Tunica County casinos that closed in January and May.
Statewide revenue is up 4% over the last 12 months.
The numbers exclude Choctaw Indian casinos, which don't report to the state.