- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Gamblers lost more money at Mississippi casinos along both the Gulf Coast and Mississippi River in April.

Figures released Friday by the state Revenue Department show casinos won $181 million in April, up 2 percent from $177 million in April 2015.

Gamblers lost $98 million at the 12 coastal casinos, 3 percent more than last April. It’s the ninth increase for coastal casinos in the last year.

The 16 Mississippi River casinos won $83 million, up 1 percent from April 2015. The increase could indicate that the long slide in river casino revenues is bottoming out.

Mississippi gambling revenue rose in 2015 for the second time in eight years, and has risen 2 percent so far in 2016.

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

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