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Wagering up in August at Austintown racino

AUSTINTOWN — Wagering on video lottery terminals at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course rose slightly in August as it and the six other racinos in the state try rebound from losses brought on the viral pandemic.

Bettors at the Austintown racino wagered $117.4 million last month, enough to eclipse July and even August 2019, which recorded $113.4 million in wagers, according to the Ohio Lottery Commission.

The commission oversees video lottery terminals, or VLTs, in Ohio.

The wagers last month were about $1.5 million more than in July, which recorded $115.9 million, and $3.9 million more than one year ago.

Last month, credits won were $104.5 million, down about $1.4 million from July, and the facility reported a net win of $11.2 million, down a modest $46,000 from July.

The percent payout was 90.4 and the win / VLT per day was $323, down $2 from July. There was an average of 1,222 VLTs on the gaming floor, the same as in July.

In comparison, the racino in August 2019 reported $100.5 million credits won and a net win of $11 million. The percent payout was 90.2, there was an average 1,098 VLTS on the floor and win / VLT was $324.

Of the net winnings last month, $7.4 million went to the racino operator, Wyomissing, Pa.-based Penn National Gaming Inc., $3.7 million to the lottery commission and $37,387 to support programs that provide gambling addiction and related services.

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