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Modest state profits from first month of sports betting

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state made approximately $200,000 in the first month of sports betting.

The numbers were announced Tuesday at the regular monthly meeting of the state Lottery Commission.

Doug Buffington

Only Hollywood Casino in Charles Town and the casino at The Greenbrier currently have a sportsbook. There was just more than $7 million bet for the month at Charles Town and about $5 million paid out. The state’s share comes off the difference. The state’s take from the betting at the Greenbrier was less than $5,700 for the month.

Lottery deputy director Doug Buffington told reporters after Tuesday’s meeting Delaware North is still working with the Lottery to get sportsbooks up and operating at its properties at Wheeling Island and in Cross Lanes.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a delay. We’re working with them to get the field testing done as quickly as possible,” Buffington said. “Some of that has to do with their schedule more so than our schedule.”

Buffington said Delaware North wants to have the sports betting app done before opening its sportsbook.

“That is the goal. That’s what I understand they would like to do,” Buffington said.

Mountaineer Casino at Chester is behind the other casinos but it has recently paid the $100,000 fee to the state to get started. The payment came last Friday, according to Lottery officials.

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