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October 21, 2014, 11:49 am
970 WMAY News

Gambling: Establishments Statewide Bring in Nearly $2.5 Million, Players Lost $7 Million

Some Illinois bar owners say they're already profiting from video gambling games that went live statewide last year.


In December, players across Illinois lost nearly $7 million.


Establishments kept $2.45 million, the state earned $1.75 million and cities and counties combined made about $350,000.


Springfield is hoping to use its cut of video gaming proceeds to help pay for infrastructure improvements, but says it’s too soon to know yet just how much money it can count on annually from the machines.

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