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Mississippi Lottery transfers nearly $13 million for May

The Mississippi Lottery Corporation (MLC) completed its May transfer of $12,728,965.17 in net proceeds to the Lottery Proceeds Fund in the Mississippi State Treasury. This brings the total amount deposited to the state to $60,006,706.47 since launch on November 25, 2019. “Raising funds to benefit Mississippi’s roads, bridges and education is a top priority,” said MLC President Tom Shaheen. “We are already ...

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Ameristar Casino to lay off 150 workers in Mississippi

Officials for a riverfront casino in Mississippi have announced plans to permanently lay off 150 workers as the industry faces challenges amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Ameristar Casino, which sits along the Mississippi river in Vicksburg, will remain open, but will reduce its staff beginning in August, according to a letter notifying city officials of the layoffs. The Mississippi Gaming ...

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Reopened Mississippi casinos made more this Memorial Day

Mississippi’s casinos reopened just in time for the Memorial Day weekend and what a weekend it was. Casinos raked in $5 million more than Memorial Day weekend 2019, when they won $28.9 million in gaming revenue, the Mississippi Gaming Commission reported Thursday. That increase was without the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi — the state’s largest casino — ...

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Some Mississippi casinos reopen after 2-month virus hiatus

Some casinos in Mississippi reopened Thursday for the first time in two months, following state guidelines to try to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus. At least three dozen people stood in line waiting to get into WaterView Casino in Vicksburg as it opened. A manager came outside to do a countdown until opening. Customers were allowed to enter ...

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Eldorado Resorts to re-open three Mississippi casinos today

Eldorado Resorts will resume operations at Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Lula, Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg and Tropicana Casino Greenville today. Eldorado is implementing the Mississippi Gaming Commission’s regulations that limit the number of guests to no greater than 50% of the property’s maximum occupancy. “As we continue to resume operations at our properties, the health and safety of our ...

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‘Twilight Zone:’ Casino closings hurt Mississippi county

Since mid-March, the wide roads leading to the gambling halls of Tunica County have been devoid of cars. The bells of the slot machines and chatter from hopeful card players have gone silent. Hundreds of hotel rooms have been empty for two months, and thousands of people have lost their jobs, at least temporarily. As it has in so many ...

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IP Casino Resort Spa to re-open on Thursday

IP Casino Resort Spa today announced it will reopen to the public on Thursday. Casino gaming will resume at 11 a.m. on Thursday, along with a limited number of amenities. “As we reopen our doors, the health and safety of our customers, our team members and the community will be our highest priority,” said Vince Schwartz, Senior Vice President of ...

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Mississippi casinos to reopen before Memorial Day weekend

The Mississippi Gaming Commission said Thursday that casinos in the state can start reopening May 21 — more than two months after the commission closed them because of the coronavirus pandemic. The reopening is allowed just before the Memorial Day weekend, which usually marks the beginning of the summer tourist season. Gaming Commission executive director Allen Godfrey confirmed the reopening ...

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Mississippi lottery revenue dips in March amid pandemic

State revenue from the Mississippi Lottery decreased in March as people began facing restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Mississippi Lottery Corporation said it deposited $9.9 million into the state treasury — the net proceeds from lottery games played during March. Mississippi has collected more than $37.5 million from the lottery since it started operating in November. The state ...

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Mississippi betting revenue plummets in March

Mississippi’s sports betting revenue fell sharply in the past month, after the popular National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) basketball tournament was cancelled and the state’s casinos shut from March 16.  Revenue for the month dropped 86.8% year-on-year to $648,646.60 (or 69.2% month-on-month) after the March Madness tournament, which drove customer activity in the prior year, was cancelled as a result of ...

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