Jul 2, 4:46 PM EDT

Pennsylvania casinos post first slots gain in 3 years

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania casinos have stopped the bleeding when it comes to slot machines.

The state's 12 casinos earned more than $2.3 billion from slots in the fiscal year that ended June 30, according to figures released Thursday by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. That's up about 0.7 percent from the year before. It's the first time in three years that casinos posted a gain from slot machines.

Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin in southwestern Pennsylvania reported the biggest gain of 25 percent. Presque Isle Downs and Casino in Erie was the biggest loser, down 5 percent.

Slots tax revenue totaled more than $1.2 billion.

Pennsylvania uses casino taxes to fund property tax cuts and support local governments, civic development and tourism, volunteer fire departments and the horse racing industry.

Regulators will release year-end numbers for table games later this month.

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