CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The nine-county water emergency that forced businesses -- including bars and clubs and the Mardi Gras Casino and Resort -- to shut down for several days has affected state Lottery revenues, Lottery Director John Musgrave said Thursday.
"There was a loss in the nine-county area," said Musgrave, who said exact numbers from the impact of the Jan. 10 chemical leak and subsequent do-not-use order for water are not yet available.
In addition to losing business during the water emergency, Musgrave said the Cross Lanes casino also had a water line break earlier that week caused by the severe cold.
"They had some revenue losses," he said.
Otherwise, with the exception of a surge in Mega Millions ticket sales thanks to a $636 million jackpot, December was another down month for state Lottery revenues, the Lottery Commission learned Thursday.
Total gross revenue for December of $98.31 million was down $8 million, or 7.5 percent, from Dec. 2012.
Racetrack video lottery fell $5.85 million, to $45.57 million, while limited video lottery in bars and clubs around the state dropped $1.9 million to $30.75 million.
Table games revenues at the state's four racetrack casinos plunged 36 percent to $4.13 million for December 2013.
Thanks to Mega Millions sales, however, online ticket sales jumped to $8.66 million, up $2.84 million over Dec. 2012.