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Maryland casinos raked in around $87 million last month.

That’s a nearly 6 percent increase over the same month last year.

In Anne Arundel County Maryland Live Casino pulled in the most at nearly $50 million or an increase of nearly 9 percent over the same period last year. 

The Casino at Ocean Downs saw a 15.4 percent increase over last year garnering $5.7 million.

Rocky Gap Casino Resort also saw a pickup in revenue of 6.2 percent or $3.9 million.

Hollywood Casino Perryville pulled in $5.1 million for an increase of 6.2 percent.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a contract renewal for the state to spend up to $200 million to lease and maintain slot machines over five years.

The board voted 2-1 Wednesday, with Gov. Martin O'Malley and Treasurer Nancy Kopp voting in favor of the renewal. Comptroller Peter Franchot voted against it.

Maryland law initially required the state to own slot machines at the state's five casinos. However, the law was changed in 2012.

Next March, three of the state's casinos will acquire their own slot machines.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland casino regulators may allow gambling at the Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort in western Maryland to begin May 22.

The Daily Record of Baltimore reports that the Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Commission is considering an operations license for resort owner Evitts Resort LLC at its meeting Friday in Baltimore. Evitts is a subsidiary of Minnetonka, Minn.-based Lakes Entertainment Inc.