NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- For the first time in 15 years, the lottery is bringing in more revenue than both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun.
Now, there's been a switch and it would have been tough to predict a decade ago.
We're talking about a $16 million difference when you look at the lottery versus casino numbers. The data was compiled by the Department of Consumer Protection. There are a few different theories on why casinos aren't bringing in as much money.
When there's a big Powerball drawing, you bet the lines are endless. But, when it come to trying your luck on a regular basis, the tables have turned.
Connecticut is now collecting more money from the lottery than casinos.
Data from the Department of Consumer Protection's gaming division show Connecticut Lottery transferred $312.1 million into the state's General Fund for the fiscal year 2013, and both casinos, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun combined, transferred $296.4 million.
"It's very surprising. I wouldn't have expected that," said Dave Reed, Branford. "I've been to the casino a number of times and they seemed fairly crowded."
A high point for Connecticut's casinos was in 2007, when they brought in $430.5 million. Now, experts on gambling law credit multi state lottery game payouts and increased competition from neighboring state casinos to this recent decline.
"A night at the casino costs a lot of money. just getting there, spending the night there, and spending a lot more time too," said John Gatti, Windsor Locks.
With a lottery ticket, regulars say you're in and out in a minute.
When asked how often he buys tickets, William Davis, of New Haven, said,"once, twice a week. A lot of luck."
"Every night. It's terrible. Probably about $7 a day," said Vicki Caputo, West Haven.
The numbers from the Department of Consumer Protection show the last time the lottery brought in more money than the casinos was in 1998.
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