CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State Lottery revenue continued to drop in September, down $10.46 million from September 2012, with the state's largest racetrack casino being hard-hit by competition from Maryland, according to figures presented Thursday to the West Virginia Lottery Commission.
The Hollywood Casino in Charles Town has seen monthly table games gross receipts drop more than 40 percent since last year's opening of the Maryland Live! casino and entertainment complex in nearby Anne Arundel County.
In September, table games at Charles Town took in $8.08 million. That's still more than double the revenue of the state's four other casinos combined. However, it's down from a take of $14.7 million as recently as December 2012 -- the month Maryland Live! began full, 24-hour-a-day operations.
On Wednesday, Hollywood Casino general manager Al Britton announced that some employees are being laid off, citing a poor economy. Britton would not say how many employees but said it is fewer than 50.
Overall, the Lottery grossed $100.76 million in September, down about 9.5 percent from September 2012.
For the first three months of the 2013-14 budget year, the Lottery has had total revenue of $315.77 million, down about 8 percent or $27.8 million, from the same point in 2012.
The state's share of Lottery profits in September of $44.15 million was down about 8.8 percent. Year-to-date state profits of $138.77 million are down 8.3 percent.
Video lottery at the four racetracks, the Lottery's largest source of revenue, took in $48.8 million in September, down 14 percent or $7.92 million from September 2012.
For the first three months of the 2013-14 budget year, racetrack video lottery has grossed $156.4 million, down 11 percent or $19.7 million from the same point in 2012.
Limited video lottery, available at 1,465 bars, clubs and fraternal organizations statewide, also continued a downturn in September, with gross revenues falling 6.3 percent to $30.2 million.
Year-to-date, video lottery is down 6.5 percent, compared to the same period in 2012, with revenues of $93.2 million, down $6.37 million.
A usually consistent source of revenue for the Lottery, limited video lottery revenue began a downturn this summer, which Lottery general manager John Musgrave blamed on a weak economy, particularly in southern counties.