Mississippi: $9.8M wagered on sports in first month

September 8, 2018 10:03:45 PM



BILOXI -- Mississippi officials say gamblers bet $9.8 million on sporting events from Aug. 1 through Labor Day. 


State Gaming Commission Director Allen Godfrey says that's the total amount bet in the first 34 days of wagering in Mississippi. 


Casinos earn about 5 percent off bets, and Mississippi gets an 8 percent tax on the casino's take. 


Sports betting has now expanded to more than 20 of Mississippi's 28 state-regulated gambling halls. Two Choctaw Indian casinos are also offering sports betting, but they don't report figures to the state. 


Casino executives tell WLOX-TV that business increased with the start of the college football season. 


A May U.S. Supreme Court decision allowed states nationwide to join Nevada in legalizing sports betting. Delaware, Mississippi, New Jersey and West Virginia all now allow betting.