However, traditional online and scratch-off Lottery games are showing an upswing, bringing in $18.3 million in August, up $1.6 million from August 2012.
Nikki Orcutt, Lottery marketing director, said large Powerball and Hot Lotto jackpots in August caused online sales to jump, while sales of premium $10 and $20 instant games are contributing to a 2 percent increase in revenues from scratch-off games.
Overall, August revenues of $109.63 million are down $6.65 million, or 5.8 percent, from August 2012. The state's share of Lottery profits for the month, $48.2 million, is down $3.1 million.
Also Thursday, the commission:
-- Imposed a $3,000 fine on Kelly McGilton, owner of Kelly's Hot Spot No. 2 in Dunbar. That limited video lottery location housed three machines that were improperly rewired by technicians for Shaffer's Amusement to bypass an electronic switch that notifies the Lottery's central computer when the machine's cash box is opened.
In April, the technicians admitted they had bypassed broken switches on 10 video lottery machines in various locations statewide, and the company was fined $10,000.
The charges against McGilton carried a maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine and revocation of her video lottery licenses, but attorney Tim Lafon argued that she had no involvement in or knowledge of the tampering.
-- Fined American Legion Post 19 in Logan $5,000 for extending credit to video lottery players by holding uncashed checks.
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