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State casinos bring in $12.5 million in revenue in Dec.

Casino and Gambling Industry

Maryland's two slots parlors generated nearly $12.5 million in December, about $268,000 more than they brought in the previous month, the State Lottery reported Thursday.

Hollywood Casino Perryville led the pack with almost $9.5 million in revenue last month. A year earlier the Cecil County casino brought in $6.5 million.

The Casino at Ocean Downs generated $3 million in gaming revenue last month. The Eastern Shore slots parlor opened last January.

So far this fiscal year, the two casinos have generated $80.3 million in revenue. Nearly 50 percent goes to the state's education trust fund, while the casinos take a 33 percent cut.

The remaining money is distributed among several entities, including local government, horse-racing purses, a fund for track improvements, the Maryland Lottery, and an account for small, women- and minority-owned businesses.

Hanah.cho@baltsun.com

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