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Manitobans ease up on gaming, but not on drinking

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MANITOBANS are drinking more and gambling less.

That's the upshot of second-quarter results released Friday by the merged Manitoba Lotteries Corporation and Manitoba Liquor Control Commission.

On the gaming side, net income for the first six months of the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 was $144.1 million, a drop of $17.2 million from the same period last year. The sharpest drop in revenue was $10.8 million from VLTs, followed by $6.1 million in lotteries.

Total revenue, before expenses and payments to the province, from gaming was $273.4 million in the first six months this fiscal year. Last year, it was $276.9 million.

The drop in VLT revenue is part of a longer-term trend the lotteries corporation is trying to reverse by bringing in new-generation VLTs to replace older games players no longer favour.

Winnipeg's two casinos saw a drop of $600,000, partially offset by a $300,000 in playnow.com e-gaming.

On the liquor side, net profit for the first six months increased $9.2 million over same period last year. Driving that was a 3.4 per cent increase in sales. Wine and coolers were the big winners. Sales of beer and spirits decreased.

Last April 1, the price of most popular brands of beer went up $2 due to an increase in markup, supplier price increase, licensee markup, bottle deposits and the related provincial sales tax. The price of spirits was raised $0.622/litre, translating to at least a 47-cent increase on a 750-millilitre bottle.

Total revenue for liquor for the first half of the year was $397.9 million. Last year, it was $386 million in the same period.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 21, 2013 A9

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