March was a huge month for local video gaming revenue as machines in La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties saw more than $4 million played.
This continues a trend from the past two years where March has broken the monthly record. This is the first time the tri-county area has broken the $4 million mark at $4,098,689.
Several municipalities also set their own monthly revenue records. La Salle, Peru, Oglesby, Mendota, Ottawa, Streator, Utica, Princeton, DePue and Tiskilwa all saw personal best months.
Ottawa in particular collected about $37,446 in March, which is more revenue than all the towns in Bureau and Putnam counties combined collected. Previously, no area city had collected more than $30,000 in one month.
Ottawa recently annexed one of the highest earning truck stops in the area, so the city has seen a spike in revenue, while La Salle County, which previously benefited from it, has seen a decline.
Streator also became the second area city to break the $1 million revenue mark since video gaming started in September 2012. Ottawa became the first last month. Next in line to eclipse $1 million are Peru and La Salle County.
Brett Herrmann can be reached at (815) 220-6933 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SpringValley.
April 16, 2018 at 10:35AM