Southwest Ohio gamblers spending less in Indiana

Gamblers in the Cincinnati area are now spending more money in Ohio than Indiana.

An analysis by The Cincinnati Enquirer found that gamblers for the first time are spending more at the Cincinnati casino and two racinos in the region than in neighboring southeast Indiana.

Ohio casino revenue reports show the $33.9 million spent in May at the casino and racinos accounted for nearly 54 percent of the money played in the southwest Ohio region. The three southeast Indiana riverboats took the rest, or 46 percent, of local gambling dollars.

Those three riverboats took in 64.3 percent of all gambling dollars in the region in May 2013, before the new racinos opened.

The shift means more tax revenue funding for Ohio schools, counties and municipalities — and less in Indiana.

The money Indiana collects from casino taxes has dropped from a peak of nearly $876 million in 2009 to about $752 million in fiscal 2013.

In April, Indiana casino revenue fell to $192 million, down from $207 million in April 2013.

 

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