"We have to attribute some of that to the economy," he said at the time. "People just don't have the money to spend."
The state's share of casino table game revenues continued a steep decline, with September's $4.08 million down 30.5 percent from September 2012. Year-to-date, table games have produced $14.04 million in revenue for the state, down $4.3 million, or 23 percent from the same point in 2012.
The $80 million casino at The Greenbrier resort has seen an even sharper downturn, producing about $480,000 in revenue from video slots and table games in September, a 40 percent drop from September 2012.
This September, the resort casino took in only $204,307 in table games gross receipts after losing more than $466,000 to mini-baccarat players during the month, according to Lottery reports. The state's share of Greenbrier table games profits was $71,507 for the month.
Year-to-date, the resort casino has produced revenue of $1.7 million, down 25 percent from 2012.
One bright spot for the Lottery is that sales of traditional on-line and scratch-off games are up in 2013, thanks to large jackpot drawings, and new $10 and $20 instant tickets.
Traditional games took in $17.1 million in September, up $1.6 million from September 2012.
Online sales jumped 20 percent, fueled by a $400 million Powerball jackpot during the month.
Lottery marketing director Nikki Orcutt said legislation that went into effect July 1 raising the maximum price for an instant ticket from $5 to $20 has boosted scratch-off ticket sales by 3 percent, with the introduction of $10 games and, this month, a $20 game ticket.
"The $10 and $20 tickets are helping instant sales," she told the Lottery Commission on Thursday.
The $20 ticket has a top prize of $250,000.
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.