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March Mississippi casino revenue dips as coast gambling lags

Dipping Gulf Coast casino revenue dragged down Mississippi’s statewide gambling totals in March.

Figures released last week by the state Revenue Department show casinos won $188 million in March, down 5 percent from $198 million in March 2015.

Gamblers lost $103 million at the 12 coastal casinos, 4 percent less than last March. It’s only the third decline for coastal casinos in the last year.

The 16 Mississippi River casinos won $85 million, down 7 percent from March 2015. River casino revenues have fallen for years, although decreases have become less steep in recent months.

Mississippi gambling revenue rose in 2015 for the second time in eight years, and have risen 2 percent so far in 2016.

Numbers exclude Choctaw Indian casinos, which don’t report winnings to the state.

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