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Hollywood Austintown sees wagering increase

State’s racinos mark second straight month for rise in VLT plays

AUSTINTOWN — Wagering on video lottery terminals last month at Hollywood Gaming Mahoning Valley Race Course nearly reached $115 million, marking the second month in row the racino saw betting grow.

Similarly, overall wagering at Ohio’s seven racinos increased in February, also marking the second straight month for an increase, according to the latest numbers from the Ohio Lottery Commission, which oversees video lottery terminals, or VLTs, in Ohio.

Betting last month at the Austintown racino was up $5.4 million, or 5 percent, from January, when bettors played $109.5 million in credits. In February 2020, bettors wagered $113.7 million.

The racino in February reported bettors won $102.4 million, up from $97.2 million in January, and a net win of $11 million, up from $10.7 million the previous month. The percent payout was 90.3, an increase of 0.2 percent; the win per VLT per day was $350, up $42; and an average of 1,129 VLTs was on the gaming floor, up two.

In comparison, bettors won $100.8 million in credits and the racino reported a net win of $11.1 million in February 2020. The percent payout was 90.2, the average number of VLTs was 1,101 and the win per VLT per day was $349.

Of the net winnings last month, $7.3 million went to casino operator, Wyomissing, Pa.-based Penn National Gaming Inc.; $3.7 million to the lottery commission; and $36,826 went to support programs that provide support for gambling addition and related services.

The commission reported across Ohio bettors wagered $975.7 million, up from $957.3 million in January, and won $871.4 million, up from $854.3 million the previous month. The percent payout was virtually flat at 90.6; an average of 10,219 VLTs was on the gaming floor, down from 10,373; and the win per VLT per day was $318, up from $275 in January.

In February 2020, players bet $1.03 billion, won $924.3 million in credits and racinos reported a net win of $95.5 million. There was a 90.7 percent payout and an average of 11,585 machines in play, and the win per VLT per day was $284.

Last month, $60.2 million was given to operators, $30.5 million to the lottery commission and $302,732 to problem gambling services.

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