- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Gamblers lost less money at Mississippi casinos in March, as continued gains at Gulf Coast gambling halls couldn’t overcome a steep decline at casinos along the Mississippi River.

State Department of Revenue figures show casinos statewide won $198.3 million from gamblers in March, down 4.7 percent from $208 million in March 2014.

The 11 coastal casinos won $107.3 million, up 2.4 percent from March 2014. The 17 river casinos won $91 million, down 12 percent from last year.

March is traditionally the strongest month for Mississippi’s casinos. But while revenues at Gulf Coast casinos rose 2.6 percent over the previous 12 months, river casinos are still dealing with fallout from the closure of Harrah’s in Tunica County.

The numbers exclude Choctaw Indian casinos, which don’t report winnings to the state.

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