CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Gamblers bet nearly $269 million at video lottery machines at Charles Town Races in the fiscal year that ended June 30, West Virginia Lottery officials said Monday.
Nearly 92 percent, or $247 million, went back to players as winnings on the machines.
But the real winners were Charles Town Races, the West Virginia Lottery, the Jefferson County Commission, and fire and rescue volunteers.
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"It will be a tremendous amount of assistance," said Henry Christie, president of the Jefferson County Fire and Rescue Association.
The Jefferson County Commission, which receives 2 percent of the net revenues from the video lottery machines, already has promised $100,000 of the nearly $430,000 county share to the five fire and rescue companies.
"Anything like that is a tremendous amount when you're begging, borrowing and stealing to raise funds," Christie said.
"It'll help a great deal," said Blue Ridge Mountain Fire Chief Scott Knill. "It'll help pay for our insurance."