The last three months rank as the top three for state gaming revenues since legal betting began more than six years ago, cumulatively generating nearly 10 percent of all of the casino gambling taxes collected to date, according the the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
The trend began in July, when the state’s three casinos counted $95.74 million in revenue and turned over a record $27 million in taxes and fees to the state. August stands as the second-best month yet, with $92 million in casino revenue and $26.15 million in state taxes. Gaming revenues in September took a small step down, but the roughly $89 million in gross gaming revenue generated at Plainridge Park Casino, MGM Springfield, and Encore Boston Harbor still yielded about $25.1 million for the state ― the third-best month on record, according to monthly revenue figures reported Friday.
July, August, and September together have produced more than $78 million in revenue for the state, almost nine percent of the $894 million that has been collected since Plainridge Park opened in June 2015 as the first facility authorized under the expanded gaming law that will turn 10 years old next month.
For September, the state is due 25 percent of Encore’s $57.46 million in gross gaming revenue, which works out to about $14.36 million for the state coffers. The 25 percent cut of MGM Springfield’s $19.36 million works out to $4.84 million for the state. And from Plainridge, which is taxed at a rate of 49 percent, the state can expect about $5.9 million from the slots parlor’s $12 million in gaming revenue last month.