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Austintown racino ends two-month losing streak

$140.8M in bets were made during October

AUSTINTOWN — A two-month streak of reduced gambling on video lottery terminals at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course ended in October, which eclipsed $140.8 million in bets made.

That amount is just less than 1 percent above the $139.8 million bettors wagered in September at the Austintown racino, according to the latest numbers from the Ohio Lottery Commission, which oversees video lottery terminals, or VLTs, in Ohio.

Across Ohio’s seven racinos, wagering topped $1.2 billion for the month, up from $1.1 billion in September.

Last month in Austintown, bettors won $125.4 million in credits, up from $125 million in September. The racino reported a net win of $13.3 million, up from $12.8 million the prior month; a percent payout of 90.5, down from 90.8 in September; and win per VLT per day of $385, up $3. There was an average of 1,120 machines on the gaming floor, down one.

In October 2020, $114.3 million credits were played, $101.8 million credits were won and the racino reported a net win of $10.6 million. The percent payout was 90.6, the win per VLT per day was $307 and an average of 1,123 machines was in play.

Of the net winnings last month, $8.8 million went to casino operator, Wyomissing, Pa.-based Penn National Gaming Inc., $4.8 million to the lottery commission and $44,485 to programs that provide support for gambling addiction services.

The commission reported in the state in October bettors won $1.1 billion, up from $1.05 billion in September. The net win was $111.7 million, up from $106.5 million; the percent payout remained at 90.9; and the win per VLT per day was $341, up $5. An average of 10,583 machines was in play, up from 10,572 in September.

One year prior in October, $1.02 billion credits were played, $914.5 credits were won and a net win of $94.3 million recorded. The percent payout was 90.8 and the win per VLT per day was $278. An average of 10,942 VLTs was in play.

Last month, operators received $73.9 million, the commission received $37.4 million and $371,713 went to problem gambling services.

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