Gamblers wagered a total of $776.9 million at the state’s six race tracks, this is the highest this number has been since slot machines came to the state in 2006.

“Revenue from legalized slot machine gaming in Pennsylvania is helping to fulfill the legislative objectives by enhancing horse racing and breeding programs, preserving thousands of jobs and providing a positive impact on the state’s agricultural economy,” Gaming Control Board Chairman William H. Ryan, Jr. said. “This report underlines specific areas where the impact is tangible and shows that the horse racing industry continues to benefit from the revenue that casinos generate here in Pennsylvania.”

A good amount of the increase came from out of state wagers made at the tracks, with $679.7 million coming from bets placed out of state, 14.4 percent more than was placed in 2011.

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