CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Lottery revenue continued to increase in April, as more money spent on video lottery and traditional online and scratch-off games had offset declining revenue at racetrack casinos.
Traditional lottery sales are up 7 percent this budget year, while limited video lottery at bars, clubs and fraternal organizations are up 5 percent over the same point last year.
Lottery Director Alan Larrick said after a Lottery Commission meeting Tuesday the $10 million growth in traditional lottery sales, and $15 million growth in video lottery, helped offset a 4 percent decline in revenue from casino video slots and a 10 percent decline in table games revenues.
Larrick hopes the Supreme Court's overturning of a federal law banning sports betting will reverse the decline at racetrack casinos.
The West Virginia Senate has passed a bill that would legalize sports betting at the state's five casinos in the event that a U.S. Supreme Court case leads to the repeal of a nationwide ban.
The Senate passed the bill 25-9 Tuesday. It now moves to the House of Delegates, where a similar bill is pending.
The Senate bill would allow sports betting at the state's four racetracks, the Greenbrier resort and on Lottery Commission-approved mobile device applications.
Democrats Douglas Facemire of Braxton County and Michael Romano of Harrison County said during Senate debate they were worried about the temptation of sports betting among residents.
Later this year the U.S. Supreme Court will decide New Jersey's challenge to a law banning sports betting in all but four states.