W.Va. Lottery Revenue Sags In Weak Economy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A weak economy is taking its toll on the West Virginia lottery's revenue.

Lottery officials say September's gross revenue was $5 million below projections for the month.

Gross revenue totaled $110.6 million, nearly $9 million less than in September 2008.

Gross revenue for the three-month period beginning July 1 was $361 million, about 6 percent less than the same period in 2008.

Revenue from racetrack video slots for the three-month period was $207.9 million, about 7.5 percent less than the same period in 2008.

Lottery director John Musgrave attributed the decline to the economy.

He said video slots revenue also was hurt by the opening of a video slots parlor in Pittsburgh.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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