Mississippi gaming revenues down for 2013

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Any lucky streak at coast casinos seems to be over. According to a Mississippi Department of Revenue report, revenues have fallen in three of the first four months this year. That includes last month, when gaming revenues fell more than eight percentage points.

South Mississippi casinos grossed $85.6 million last month ($85,684,787.41).  A year ago, revenues at the coast casinos topped the $93.3 million mark ($93,377,702.35).  March was the only month this year when the local casinos made more than they did last year.

Revenue reports are a bit more bleak on a statewide level.  Mississippi casino revenue kept falling in April, with gamblers losing less than in any other April since 1998.

Year-over-year casino revenue has fallen in every month since July 2012.

The state's casinos, over the last 12 months, have collected only about 75 percent of the money they collected in 2007, the peak year for gambling revenues.

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