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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Gambling winnings in New Orleans and Baton Rouge dropped in January, but casino revenue in other markets increased.

Winnings at Harrah's New Orleans, three area riverboat casinos and the slots at the Fair Grounds all fell in January. Winnings totaled nearly $50.2 million, down from $50.26 million in January 2013.

Statewide gambling winnings were $188.5 million in January, according to figures released Thursday by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. That compares with nearly $185.2 million a year ago, a 1.8 percent increase.

The 14 riverboat casinos won nearly $131.5 million in January, 3.7 percent more than the $126.9 million won at 13 casinos in January 2013. The Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City, which opened in June, brought in nearly $9.2 million during the month.

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