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Dividing up the casino winnings

Dividing up the casino winnings

Tens of billions of dollars have been wagered in the state's casinos since the state legalized slot machines and table games — spinning off funds for schools, the horse racing industry and local programs that have financed everything from paving and police to iPads and small business loans.

But even with all the money coming to the state — $975 million though the end of May, according to state data — some Marylanders say the bonanza expected from casinos has not materialized.

Education advocates note that the money from casinos has mainly supplanted other state funding and has not been the windfall many felt was promised — in the political rhetoric if not in the letter of...