- Associated Press - Monday, May 22, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Casinos in Mississippi’s river region won less from gamblers in April, while casinos along the state’s Gulf Coast won more.

State Revenue Department figures show gamblers lost $175 million last month, down 3 percent from $181 million in April 2016.

April is traditionally a middling month for Mississippi casinos, compared to busy March, fueled by income tax refunds.

Receipts fell at the 16 river casinos fell a steep 9 percent to $76 million, as long-term revenue declines continue there.

The 12 coastal casinos posted winnings of $99 million, up from $98 million in April 2016.

Revenue is down about 3 percent statewide in the first four months of 2017, and is basically flat over the last 12 months.

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

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