Update: Ohio Gaming Overview
August 9, 2002
Of the 25 largest bingo operations in Ohio, nine are located in
Franklin County. Only Cuyahoga County bets and raises more money
through bingo than Franklin County. Last year, $76.5 million was
wagered in licensed games run by 59 Franklin County charities.
$10.5 million of the wagered amount went to the charities.
On a statewide basis in 2001, 985 licensed charities raised $83.1
million from the $617.2 million that was wagered. But, sales of
instant games, which cost between one and five dollars each, accounted
for over two-thirds of the money wagered at bingo parlors. Instant
games can pay as much as $25,000, while traditional games by law
can only payout $3,500 in a 5-hour session.
The state-run lottery is the largest form of legal gambling in
Ohio. Bingo is the second largest, placing it ahead of horse racing.
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Ohioan Casino Gambling Statistics
August 6, 2002
Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., which operates 25 casinos in the
United States, released the results of its 2002 survey of the American
Casino Gambler, including several statistics about casino gamblers
In 2001, 21.9 percent of Ohioans over the age of 21 participated
in casino gambling, averaging 3 trips per year. Ohio gamblers traveled
to southern Illinois and Indiana 31 percent of the time and Detroit,
Michigan and Windsor, Ontario in Canada 23 percent of the time,
followed by Las Vegas, Nevada and West Virginia. The national average
for casino participation is 27 percent.
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