Video gambling continues to grow

Video gambling continues to grow

Posted by Mike Riopell on Wed, 04/10/2013 - 15:26

Just a couple days ago, we told you about the rapidly rising numbers of video gambling machines in the suburbs.

Six months after video gambling operations began in earnest, the number of machines is rising sharply as regulators approve hundreds of new ones across the Illinois each month. Revenue for the state also is up, to $3.4 million in February compared to $2.4 million in January and just $22,607 in September.

The March numbers are out today, and we were right about the trend.

There are about 700 more machines statewide beeping and booping statewide in March than in February. And the state took in more than $2 million more than the month before, taking $5.6 million in March.

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