Maryland’s slot machines have been more productive than state gaming officials anticipated, exceeding projected gross revenues of $498 million with a month left in the fiscal year.

According to Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency figures released June 5, the state’s 6,831 slot machines had generated $511 million in revenues from July 1, 2012, the start of the fiscal year, through May 31, 2013.

Led by Maryland Live in Anne Arundel County, the state’s four casinos totaled $69 million in gambling revenues in May alone, nearly $50 million from slots. And the Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Western Maryland only began operations on May 22.

The robust slots action means a greater boost to the Maryland racing purse account and breeders’ fund. Arundel Live, Hollywood Casino Perryville and The Casino at Ocean Downs contribute 7 percent, and Rocky Gap 2.5 percent, of net slots proceeds as horse racing purse and breeders’ supplements. Thoroughbred interests receive 80 percent of those outlays.

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