Mississippi Casino Revenue Shows Slight Rise

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Jackson, Miss.

Mississippi casino revenue rose slightly in August compared to the same month last year.

Mississippi Department of Revenue figures show casinos took in about $179.1 million in August, compared to about $178.4 million a year ago.

The 12 casinos in coastal counties won about $90 million, a 4.3 percent increase over last August's $86.3 million.

The 18 riverboat casinos from Tunica to Natchez won about $89 million, down 3.3 percent from $92.1 million last year.

Casino revenue increased for only the second month this year in Mississippi, thanks to the strong month on the coast. Still, one month isn't enough to reverse the overall statewide downward trend.

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