Md. slot machines hit it big in March

Max Smith,

WASHINGTON – Slot machines in Maryland raked in about 25 percent more revenue in March 2012 than last year.

The Maryland Lottery, which administers the games, says the slots at Hollywood Casino Perryville brought in $12.2 million in March, while the slots at Casino at Ocean Downs near Ocean City generated a little more than $4 million.

The two casinos will soon have competition when Maryland Live! at Arundel Mills Mall open in June.

The state gets two thirds of slots revenues, while the casinos keep the rest. About half of the state’s share goes to the education trust fund.

The allowance of tables is being discussed by state lawmakers, including at a potential new casino in Prince George’s County. That casino would need to be approved by Maryland voters in a referendum.

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