- Associated Press - Monday, May 25, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Gamblers lost more money at Mississippi casinos in April, as continued gains at Gulf Coast gambling halls were joined by a rare up month at casinos along the Mississippi River.

State Department of Revenue figures show casinos statewide won $177.1 million from gamblers in April, up 8.1 percent from $163.8 million in April 2014.

The 11 coastal casinos won $94.3 million, up 11.5 percent from April 2014. The 17 river casinos won $82.8 million, up 4.4 percent from last year.

It’s the ninth month in 11 that revenue rose along the coast, but only the third time in 34 months along the river. Overall casino revenue has risen 1 percent for the first four months of 2014.

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

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