Slot machine revenue generated at casinos in Pennsylvania has been lower in each month of 2013 when compared to last year — even though the March total was the second-highest on record, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
Only March 2012 saw more revenue generated from people playing slot machines than was the case last month, the board said.
The previous second-place month was July 2011, according to the board.
But consistent month-over-month declines so far this year come after higher but mixed results for slots in 2012.
December’s overall slot decrease, ending the year, makes the March tally the fourth monthly decline in a row.
Funding from slots supports the commonwealth’s horse racing and breeding industry since passage of the casino-enabling Act 71 of 2004, also known as the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act.
The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition released a statement highlighting how declines are taking a toll versus budget projections and arguing against the idea of diverting funding to other budget line items.