JACKSON — Gamblers lost more money at Mississippi casinos in January, as Gulf Coast gambling halls continued gains of recent months.
State Department of Revenue figures show casinos statewide won $165 million from gamblers in January, up 3.4 percent from $159 million in January 2014.
The 11 coastal casinos won $87.3 million, up 7 percent from January 2014. The 17 river casinos won $77.7 million, down less than 1 percent from last year.
It’s only the fifth time in the last 31 months that Mississippi’s casinos have won more from gamblers over the previous year. However, there are signs that improving Gulf Coast performance is taking root. Revenues have risen 2.1 percent there over the last 12 months.
The numbers exclude Choctaw Indian casinos, which don’t report winnings to the state.
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