One month after Pennsylvania casinos experienced one of their most prosperous months of slot machine play, gross revenue dipped at 10 of 12 gaming sites.

The casinos generated $200,359,402.90 in April, down about $5.8 million from $206,178,527.52 in April 2018, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced on its website Friday. That was a 2.82 percent drop year over year.

Rivers Casino, on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, was the only location in the western half of the state to post a gain from the previous April. Rivers had $24,850,214.80 in revenue last month, up 3.55 percent from $25,998,042.62. Valley Forge, near Philadelphia, recorded a 2.22 percent increase to $8,249,995.54 from $8,071,088.58.

Collectively, the dozen gaming sites had $226,597,681.24 in March slots revenue, the third-highest monthly total on record.

The Meadows Casino, in North Strabane Township, experienced a $339,000 decrease (1.91 percent) between the two Aprils. Revenue last month was $17,408,484.91, compared with $17,747,231.61 the previous year..

Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin, in Fayette County, absorbed a 4.59 percent decline. Revenue fell nearly $106,000 from April 2018, from $2,314,582.17 to $2,208,288.21.

Slots play last month resulted in $104,259,552 in tax revenue. An average of 25,207 slot machines operated statewide last month, 634 fewer than a year earlier.

Business Writer

Rick Shrum joined the Observer-Reporter as a reporter in 2012, after serving as a section editor, sports reporter and copy editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Rick has won eight individual writing awards, including two Golden Quills.

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