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Wagering stays down at Austintown racino

AUSTINTOWN — September wagering on video lottery terminals at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course marked the third consecutive down month at the racino.

Bettors played $109.1 million in credits, down about $4.3 million in credits played from August, according to the Ohio Lottery Commission, which oversees video lottery terminals, or VLTs, in Ohio.

Credits won were $96.9 million, down about $3.6 million from August and the facility posted a net win of $10.4 million, down from about $11 million the month prior.

The percent payout was 90.4, up 0.2 percent from August and the VLT win per day was $316, down $8. There was an average 1,101 machines on the gaming floor last month, up three from August.

Last month’s numbers mostly were ahead of September 2018 when the racino posted $97.9 million credits played, $86.7 million credits won and a net win of $9.8 million. The percent payout was 89.9 percent and the VLT win per day was $297. September 2018 had the same number of betting machines on the floor.

Of the net winnings in September, $6.9 million went to Penn National Gaming Inc. in Wyomissing, Pa., which operates the racino, $3.5 million to the lottery commission and $34,751 to problem gambling services.

Last month at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, also owned by Penn National, $103.2 million credits were played and $91.9 million credits were won compared to $109.4 million and $97.4 million the prior month. The net win was $9.4 million, down from $9.9 million in August.

The percent payout was 90.8 percent, where it was in August, and the VLT win per day was $294, down $8. There was an average 1,070 machines on the gaming floor in September, down six from the month before.

For September 2018 at the facility in Dayton, there were $85.7 million credits played, $75.8 million credits won and the net win was $8.5 million. The percent payout was 90 and the VLT win per day was $285. There were 998 machines in play.

Of the net winnings in September, $6.2 million was given to Penn National, $3.1 million to the lottery commission and $31,378 to problem gambling services.

At Ohio’s seven facilities with VLTs last month, bettors played $977.2 million in credits and won $871.8 million in credits and the net win was $86.7 million. The percent payout was 91 with a VLT win per day of $250. An average of 11,584 machines were in play.

In August, $1.03 billion was wagered, $926 million in credits were won and there was a net win of $92.9 million. The percent payout was 91, the average number of VLTs was 11,609 and the per day VLT win was $258.

Last month, $57.3 million was given to operators, $29 million to the lottery commission and $288,422 to problem gambling services.

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