Mississippi Casinos Flush With Winnings In May

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — May saw a reversal of fortunes at Mississippi casinos as those along the Mississippi River took a bit more from gamblers while those along the Gulf Coast did worse. The State Revenue Department reports gamblers lost $169 million statewide last month, down 4 percent from May 2016’s $177 million. Receipts rose slightly to $73 million at the 16 river casinos, only the 11th month to show growth in five years while the 12 coastal casinos posted winnings of $96 million, down 7 percent from $104 million in May 2016. Revenue is down about 3 percent statewide for the first five months of 2017 and down slightly over the last 12 months. The numbers exclude Choctaw Indian casinos, which don’t report winnings to the state.



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