BATAVIA, NY (WIVB) - It was another record year at for the Batavia Downs Casino. The casino is boasting a 4 percent growth every year since opening in 2005.
Western New York Off Track Betting reports that the casino's 640 video lottery terminals racked up $45.1 million in net winnings- up more than 13 percent from the previous year.
Batavia Downs Casino is excited about he news and even optimistic about the future as casino expansion is due to start in about one month. Enhanced gaming may also be on the horizon.
There are currently nine New York State Racetrack Casinos.
"As a public benefit corporation, all revenues net expenses are distributed to the fifteen counties and two cities of Western New York," said Ryan Hasenauer, director of marketing for Batavia Downs Casino. "People know that when they come here for entertainment, their money is going to New York State, either via the lottery for education or to the counties that they live and work in. We're happy to give back."
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