CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A new budget year has started for the West Virginia Lottery but with out-of-state competition still squeezing revenue figures.
The Lottery had total revenues of $105.37 million in July -- down $10.65 million, or 9 percent, from July 2012.
Video lottery at the state's racetrack casinos brought in $53.69 million, down $7.15 million from July 2012, while table game revenues for the month fell about 28 percent from 2012 figures, at $4.72 million.
But Lottery Deputy Director Dean Patrick noted the commission had projected even steeper declines for the month, based on competition from casinos in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Conversely, The Greenbrier hotel casino fell nearly 18 percent below estimates, taking in $493,000 for the month. That was also down 38 percent from July 2012, which saw $794,000 of revenue, and down from $680,000 in June.
Limited video lottery, offered in 1,459 bars, clubs and fraternal organizations around the state, also fell 2.2 percent below projections, at $30.89 million. That was also down about $2.1 million from July 2012.
Traditional online and scratch-off games saw growth in July, at $15.56 million, compared to $14.57 million in July 2012. That was driven by a $534 million Powerball jackpot this July, which resulted in a 31 percent jump in sales of the $2 game tickets.
Overall, the state's share of Lottery profits for July was $46.36 million, down $5.3 million from July 2012.