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Early results are in for Connecticut's first month of expanded gambling

Connor Smith and the Yootay singers perform  the Victory Song as Sports Betting operators allowed patrons to place bets during a soft launch at Foxwoods Resort Casino September 30, 2021 in Ledyard, Connecticut.
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Connor Smith and the Yootay singers perform the Victory Song as Sports Betting operators allowed patrons to place bets during a soft launch at Foxwoods Resort Casino September 30, 2021 in Ledyard, Connecticut.

The state has collected about $1.7-million during the first three weeks of a major expansion of gambling in Connecticut.

The money was the state's share of online casino games and sports betting.

Casino games generated $1.2-million for the state. The remaining $500,000 came from sports betting.

The money was generated between the start of the state's 'soft launch' of expanding betting on October 12, and October 31.

A breakdown of the data on a state web site shows that Mohegan Digital led the way in the total dollar value of bets collected, with more than $27-million. Of that amount, they paid $26-million to gamblers in winnings.

The Mashantucket Pequots collected almost $24-million in wagers, but they payed out less to customers in winnings. That means the Mashantucket Pequots had more revenue, and paid more to the state in October.

In a statement, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Chairman Rodney Butler said the early results show a clear enthusiasm and interest in online sports betting and gaming.

The Connecticut Lottery took in $3-million in sports bets.

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