Casinos bring in $26.5 million for state in October

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Maryland Live at Arundel Mills mall brought in the overwhelming bulk of the $26.5 million that Maryland's three casinos pushed into the state's treasury during October, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency announced Wednesday.

The Anne Arundel casino, in Hanover, generated $20.5 million for the state last month. The casino operates 4,750 gambling machines.

Hollywood Casino Perryville, which is in Cecil County and has 1,500 machines, contributed $3.7 million. The Casino at Ocean Downs, in Worcester County, sent $2.4 million that was made on its 800 machines, the agency said in a statement.

The casinos, which are allowed to keep 33 percent of their gross gaming revenue, made $13.1 million in October.

On Tuesday, Maryland voters approved the expansion of gambling in the state, clearing the way for a casino to be built south of Washington in Prince George's County and for table games to be introduced at all six casino sites that have been authorized.

Casinos will be subject to lower tax rates under the expansion law and will be allowed to stay open 24 hours.

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