W.Va. Lottery Revenues Down From 2012

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Lottery Commission says revenues were down in the latest fiscal year but still came in above projections.

The Lottery brought in $1.33 billion in the 2013 fiscal year, which ended June 30. In 2012, the lottery brought in $1.45 billion.

Officials told The Charleston Daily Mail that the drop was due mostly to competition from surrounding states.

Director John Musgrave says new casinos in Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania are taking customers away from West Virginia's racetracks and casinos in Charles Town and Wheeling.

Instant games, limited video lottery, table games and the Greenbrier Casino also saw revenue declines over the last fiscal year.

The Lottery's only revenue increase was in online games like MegaMillions and Powerball, which increased in price by $1 in January 2012.

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