Oklahoma Casino Money Up; Racing and Lottery Cash Not

Oct 31, 2013

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's casinos have seen recent increases in income while revenue is down for the state 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

The Tulsa World reported Thursday that the head of the state Indian Gaming Association believes the rise in casino gambling isn't related to the decline in other gambling. Sheila Morago said people visit casinos rather than going to dinner or a movie, not instead of trips to a horse track or to a store for lottery tickets.

Oklahoma ranked fourth in gaming revenue growth and fourth in gaming's percentage of the state economy.