Rhode Island gambling revenue was up slightly for slots, table games, and sports betting combined in September, but slots revenue slowed compared to the previous month, according to the latest data from the Rhode Island Lottery.
A look at Rhode Island casino revenue numbers in September
Rhode Island slot machine revenue dipped around $1.5 million from August to September, but table games revenue ticked up about $65,000.
Combined, slots and table games lagged behind August by just under $1 million.
In terms of total revenue across Rhode Island casinos and sports betting, September represented the first time in the past five months that revenue grew at least 1%.
Year on year, however, revenue for slots was up by nearly $1 million.
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RI sports betting revenue jumps up but down big year-on-year
This past month, sports betting revenue in The Ocean State jumped more than $2 million over August. The catalyst behind the boost? The NFL and NCAA football seasons.
The big increase from August to September is typical at this time of the year for sports betting markets around the country. However, Rhode Island’s steep year-on-year revenue drop is atypical.
This past month, the state’s two retail sportsbooks (Bally’s Twin River Lincoln and Bally’s Tiverton) and one online sportsbook (Caesars) generated $3.5 million in revenue. One year ago, that number reached $6.4 million.
The drop is likely due to sports betting markets expanding or opening in Massachusetts and New York, both of which are top states for handle (total amount bet) and revenue.
Here’s a snapshot of the sports betting numbers for September:
- Twin River: $5,742,923 in handle, $441,485 in revenue
- Tiverton: $3,209,908 in handle, $222,053 in revenue
- Online: $28,692,537 in handle, $2,808,551
Lottery sales down in September
In addition to casino and sports betting revenue numbers, the Rhode Island Lottery released its September lottery sales data.
The numbers revealed that sales are down for the second straight month after jumping nearly $5 million from June to July.
Instant tickets led the way with $10.1 million in sales, followed by Keno at $7.4 million and PowerBall at $3.9 million.