Ohio posted a record September for gambling revenue, the third straight month a record has been set.
Ohio casinos and racinos posted total revenue of $164.5 million in September, continuing the record-setting trend after reopening following state-ordered closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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About $335 million of the $1 billion will be turned over to the state in the form of taxes or fees.
Ohio’s four casinos recorded $71.8 million in revenue for September, according to numbers reported by the Ohio Casino Control Commission.
That was an increase of 5.1% over September 2019’s $68.3 million. September is the third straight month this year that Ohio has reported slight decreases in revenue after the July total was $86 million and August at $77.3 million.
Hollywood Columbus led the state’s casinos with $19.3 million in revenue in September while Hollywood Toledo was second with $18.9 million. Jack Cleveland Casino was third with $18.1 million in revenue and Hard Rock Cincinnati Casino had $15.6 million.
At the state’s seven racinos, revenue was at $92.7 million for an increase of 7% from the September 2019 total of $86.7 million, according to the Ohio Lottery’s figures. Similar to the casinos, racinos have seen slight revenue falls since the first full month of operations in July.
The July revenue was at $95 million, while August tallied $94.7 million for Belterra Park (Cincinnati), Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs (Columbus), MGM Northfield, Hollywood Dayton, Hollywood Mahoning Valley (Youngstown), JACK Thistledown (Cleveland) and Miami Valley Gaming (Lebanon).
The racinos are regulated by the Ohio Lottery Commission and are limited to chance-based slot machines. The video lottery terminals do not include what is taken in from racing bets. MGM Northfield Park was the top in revenue with $19.9 million, followed by Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs ($16 million), JACK Thistledown ($14.2 million), Miami Valley Gaming ($14 million), Hollywood Gaming Mahoning Valley ($11 million), Hollywood Gaming Dayton ($10.7 million) and Belterra Park ($6.9 million), according to cleveland.com.