Heavy snows, frigid temps chill Indiana casino revenue in January

Heavy snows, frigid temps chill Indiana casino revenue in January

Article brief provided by The Times of Northwest Indiana
  • Dan Carden, The Times of Northwest Indiana
February 12, 2024 7:48 PM
  • Dan Carden, The Times of Northwest Indiana

Heavy snows and bitter cold temperatures that kept many people, particularly in Northwest Indiana, at home last month for days at a time also put the chill on revenue at the state’s 12 commercial casinos.

Data released Monday by the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) show statewide casino win — or revenue after paying successful bettors — plummeted to $171.1 million in January.

That was a 15.7% decline compared to January 2023, and the lowest monthly win since a similar February 2021 cold snap amid the COVID-19 pandemic dropped statewide win to just $135.6 million.

Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City was most affected by the weather. Municipal officials prohibited all nonessential travel between Jan. 19 and Jan. 23 as an incredible 36 inches of lake-effect snow piled up on the roads.