The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 31, 2013

Okla. casino money up; racing and lottery cash not

From The Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. — An analysis of the nation's gambling habits shows that Oklahoma's casinos have seen recent increases in income while revenue is down for the state's lottery and horse tracks.

Casino City's North American Gaming Almanac says Oklahoma's casinos saw revenue up 6.4 percent between 2010 and 2011. In the same period, lottery revenue was off 2.3 percent and horse racing revenue fell 8.8 percent.

Sheila Morago, executive director of the state Indian Gaming Association, said casino visits aren't being made at the expense of other locations.

"If you go to a casino, you're looking at going there instead of going to say, a dinner and a movie," Morago said. She said horse racing and lottery expenses are part of a different expense in people's budgets.

The state ranked fourth in gaming revenue growth during the period covered by the story, behind Alabama, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Oklahoma also was fourth in the percentage of gaming income as a percentage of the state's economy, behind Nevada, Mississippi and Vermont.

Casino income totaled $106.23 million in 2011, up from $99.81 a year earlier. Lottery revenue fell from $93.1 million to just under $91 million in the same period while horse racing income fell from $17.08 million to $15.57 million, the report said.


AP Source: Tulsa World