West Virginia Lottery revenue is down

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Lottery revenue is down through the first four months of the fiscal year.

From July through October, lottery revenue dipped by more than $14 million, a decline of 4 percent from 2014.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/1QVuz4Y) says the revenue figures were released Friday by the Lottery Commission.

For the first quarter of the fiscal year, total lottery revenue edged above $381 million. For those same four months last year, revenue was more than $395 million.

Most of the decline can be traced to the continued slowdown of video lottery machines at the state’s four racetrack casinos. Revenue for those locations is about $8.5 million lower than last year.

Revenue at the state’s casinos has been declining for years. That’s the result of increased competition from out-of-state casinos.

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