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State's casinos finally see an increase in revenue over 2012

Casino_rouletter_wheel-RGBACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi casino revenue rose in May, the first month in 2013 that state’s gross casino revenue was higher than in 2012.

Revenue was up 3 percent statewide to $192.7 million in May, according to the report from the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

South Mississippi’s 12 casinos won $95.1 million in May, up more than $4 million from May of 2012.

Statewide, revenue totaled $176.2 million in April of this year.

The 18 Mississippi River casinos reported revenue of $97.6 million in May, up $7.1 million from April. In May 2012, revenues were $96 million.

State revenue for the first five months is $933.7 million, down from $984.1 million this time last year.

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

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