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Mississippi Gambling Revenue Up Slightly In April Compared To 2022

Written By J.R. Duren on May 22, 2023
April gambling revenue for Mississippi showed a slight improvement from last year.

Mississippi casino revenue rose slightly year-on-year in April, and sports betting revenue was up slightly compared to the year before, according to the latest revenue reports from the Mississippi Gaming Commission (MGC).

Mississippi gambling revenue up $5 million year on year

In April, Mississippi’s 28 casinos generated $211.2 million in revenue. The MGC breaks down its revenue report into three regions:

  • Coastal: $131.2 million
  • Northern: $49.5 million
  • Central: $30.5 million

Last month’s revenue increased by around $5 million compared to April 2022, a 2.4% increase.

The state’s Coastal and Central region casinos accounted for that growth. They tallied around $12.5 million more than in April 2022, offsetting a $7.5 million loss from Mississippi’s Central region casinos.

Sports betting revenue is also up from last year

Mississippi’s sports betting revenue rose around $147,000 year-on-year from $4.2 million to $4.3 million despite a lower total handle (money bet), thanks to a rise in win percentage from 11.86% to 13.67%.

Here’s how the numbers looked on a region-by-region basis:

Coastal

Sports TypeHandleRevenueYear-on-Year Change
Football$46,347.41-$23,464.65347.29%
Basketball$7,851,696.99$968,523.854.67%
Baseball$4,217,913.03$447,962.68-0.44%
Parlays$2,688,293.38$483,285.900.91%
Other$4,301,495.47$648,852.73-82.28%
Overall$19,105,746.28$2,525,160.51-17.14%

Central

Sports TypeHandleRevenueYear-on-Year Change
Football$12,956.76$7,700.821.47%
Basketball$3,771,080.97$168,046.05-2.87%
Baseball$2,052,798.92$380,850.8222.05%
Parlays$1,992,885.68$557,978.944.48%
Other$511,513.48$103,971.04-76.12%
Overall$8,341,235.81$1,218,547.67-2.29%

Northern

Sports TypeHandleRevenueYear-on-Year Change
Football$14,361.76-$50,716.6774.84%
Basketball$1,890,824.11$317,394.625.57%
Baseball$1,182,970.99$127,689.32-2.84%
Parlays$860,144.60$158,460.600.18%
Other$409,720.33$50,602.12-85.98%
Overall$4,358,021.79$603,429.99-6.05%

Month-on-month, both handle and revenue were down. That’s understandable, though, because of the considerable increase in gambling due to March Madness. The total wagers for March were $46.7 million, while revenue hit nearly $5 million.

What’s ahead for Mississippi revenue in May

Based on 2022’s revenue numbers from the MGC, it’s likely that we’ll see a dip in the sports betting handle. Last year, handle dropped around $6 million from April to May.

As for casinos, we may see a rise in revenue. In 2022, revenue was up around $22 million from April to May.

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J.R. Duren has covered the gambling beats for more than a dozen states for Catena Media since 2015. His past reporting experience includes two years at the Villages Daily Sun, and he is a first-place winner at the Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism Contest.

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