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Ohio is Facing Lost Tax Revenue from Casinos and Racinos

Ohio Casino Control Commission
Jessica Franks
Ohio Casino Control Commission
The Ohio Casino Control Commission oversees Ohio's Las Vegas-style casinos, skill-based amusement machines and fantasy contests.

Ohio is facing more financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic with the loss of tax revenues from casinos and racinos.

These industries saw revenue tumble 26% from last year after a state order shut them down from March through June.

However, monthly revenue records were set in every month casinos were allowed to fully be open. But Ohio Casino Control Commission Communications Director Jessica Franks says that was not enough time to make up the lost tax revenue.

Jessica Franks: less money to go around

“That money goes to counties, school districts, the host cities of the four casinos, so that the money that's going to be available for those distributions is going to be lessened,” Franks said.

Gambling revenue totaled $1.4 billion in 2020 compared with $1.9 billion in 2019. About one-third of that money goes to state taxes.

Abigail Bottar covers Akron, Canton, Kent and the surrounding areas for Ideastream Public Media. A Northeast Ohio native and lifelong listener of public radio, Abigail started in public radio as a news intern at WKSU. She graduated in 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Kent State University.
Connor Steffen is a junior at Kent State studying journalism. Connor is a member of TV2 News, Kent State's student-run television station, where he serves as the executive producer for all news operations. He also anchors, reports and produces for the station. After graduation, Connor hopes to work as a reporter at a local news station.