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Wagering at racino rebounds in October

AUSTINTOWN — Wagering on video lottery terminals at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course rebounded some in October after steady declines in August and in September.

Bettors played $111.3 million credits, up about $2.1 million in credits played from September, according to the Ohio Lottery Commission, which oversees video lottery terminals, or VLTs, in Ohio.

Bettors wagered $113.4 million in August and $115.7 million in July.

Credits won last month was $98.8 million, up about $1.9 million from September and the facility posted a net win of $10.8 million, up from $10.4 million from the prior month.

The percent payout was 90.2 and the win per day was $318, up $2 from September. There was an average of 1,102 VLTs on gaming floor last month, one more than in September.

In comparison, October 2018 posted $96.2 million in credits played, $85 million in credits won and a net win of $9.8 million. The percent payout was 89.7, there were an average of 1,100 machines on the floor and the win per day was $289.

Of the net winnings in October, $7.1 million went to Penn National Gaming Inc. in Wyomissing, Pa., which operates the racino, $3.6 million to the lottery commission and $36,158 to problem gambling services.

Last month at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, also owned by Penn National, $111.5 million in credits were played, $99.6 million in credits were won and the net win was $9.9 million compared to $103.2 million, $91.9 million and $9.4 million in September.

The percent payout was 91, up from 90.8 percent and the VLT win per day was $298, up $4 from September. There was an average of 1,070 VLTs on the gaming floor, up from 1,070 the prior month.

For October 2018 at the facility in Dayton, $88.4 million in credits were played, $78.3 million in credits were won and the net win was $8.6 million. The percent payout was 90.1 and the VLT per day win was $262. There was an average of 1,070 machines in play.

Of the net winnings in October, $6.5 million went to Penn National, $3.3 million to the lottery commission and $33,023 to problem gambling services.

At Ohio’s seven facilities with VLTs last month, bettors played $1 billion in credits, won $899.1 million in credits and the net win was $90.3 million. The percent payout was 91 with a VLT win per day of $252. There was an average of 11,574 machines in play.

In September, $977 million was wagered, $871 million in credits were won and there was a net win of $86.7 million. The percent payout was 91.1, the average number of VLTs was 11,584 and the per day VLT win was $250.

Last month, $59.7 million was given to operators, $30.2 million to the lottery commission and $300,309 to problem gambling services.

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