- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania casino regulators are blaming bad winter weather for a big drop in revenue from slot machines.

The state’s 12 casinos reported collecting $171.8 million from slot machines in January, down 8.7 percent from a year ago.

January tax revenue was $91.7 million.

Gaming Control Board Executive Director Kevin O’Toole said Wednesday it’s likely that heavy snow and bitter cold kept some gamblers away from Pennsylvania casinos. The casinos have also been dealing with the impact of increased competition from border states.

Harrah’s Philadelphia in Chester County suffered the biggest monthly decline, down 16 percent.

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