Mississippi Casino Revenues Down Sharply in May

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Jackson, Miss.

Casinos across Mississippi saw big drops in revenue in May, dipping by 10.6 percent compared to the previous year.

Mississippi Department of Revenue figures show casinos statewide won $172 million from gamblers in May, down from $192 million May 2013.

The 12 coastal casinos won $84.3 million, down 11 percent from May 2013. The 18 river casinos won $87.5 million, down 10 percent from a year earlier.

It's the 22nd month out of the last 24 that casinos have won less money from gamblers compared to the same month of the previous year. June could see even sharper drops in the river region, with the closure of the Harrah's casino in Tunica County.

The numbers exclude Choctaw Indian casinos, which aren't required to report winnings to the state.