Montana’s video gaming machine revenues are falling into stagnation, according to the state’s Gambling Control Commission. After a 7.5 percent jump to almost $15 million in the second quarter of FY15, the next three years would highlight a trend that gaming officials are calling ‘the new normal’.
The gaming industry experienced an industry high in 2008 when revenue collected totaled more than $16 million. From there however, figures dropped sharply, largely due to the economic recession and a statewide smoking ban.
Officials from the Gaming Industry Association of Montana would like to see revenue increase from an average of $14.8 million, but face an uphill battle in a state that is already experiencing economic uncertainties.