Michigan Online Gaming Reached Record Heights In March

March was a record-setting month for online wagering in Michigan. Commercial and tribal operators reported a combined $162.15 million in total gross receipts and gross sports betting receipts for the month. Receipts were up by 11.6% compared with February results.

Michigan online casinos gross receipts climbed again in March, reaching a state record of $131.67 million. The previous record was set a month earlier when total gross receipts reached $122.8 million in February. Gross sports betting receipts totaled $30.48 million in March.

As is traditionally the case, online casinos led the way in Michigan.

For March 2024, online gaming and online sports betting adjusted gross receipts reached $133.24 million. Online casino gaming contributed $118.58 million, with online sports betting accounting for $14.66 million.

Online gaming adjusted gross receipts grew by 7.3% month over month in March. Adjusted gross receipts for online sports betting increased by $18.6 million compared to February.

Looking back a year ago, online gaming adjusted gross receipts rose 33.7%. Online sports betting adjusted gross sports betting receipts fell 22.8%, however.

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Michigan Online Sports Betting Handle Grows In March

Michigan’s online sports betting handle reached $451.6 million in March, an increase of 13.4% over February’s total. Total online sports betting handle at $451.6 million was up 13.4% compared with February results.

Michigan received $24.7 million in taxes and payments in March. Online gaming taxes and fees accounted for $23.9 million. Online sports betting taxes and fees were $805,334.

Detroit’s three casinos paid the city $7 million in wagering taxes and municipal services fees. Online gaming taxes and fees accounted for $6.5 million, with online sports betting taxes and fees accounting for the remaining $499.459.

In addition to the payments by the casinos, tribal operators made $2.7 million in payments in March.

Aggregate online gaming adjusted gross revenues totaled $338.3 million for the first quarter of 2024. Aggregate online sports betting adjusted gross receipts for the first quarter were $29.9 million.

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Retail Sports Betting QAGR Falls In March

Qualified adjusted gross receipts (QAGR) for March dropped by $1.04 million compared to March 2021. QAGR was up $2.8 million compared to February’s results.

Retail sports betting qualified adjusted gross receipts (QAGR) for March fell by $1.04 million compared with March 2021 results.  QAGR was up by $2.8 million when compared with February numbers.

March QAGR results by casino were:

The casinos reported a total handle of $26,355,304, and total gross receipts were $1,969,047. The three casinos paid $72,891 in state taxes on retail sports betting and $89,089 in taxes to Detroit.

Through March 31, aggregate retail sports betting QAGR was:

  • MGM, $852,039
  • MotorCity, $839,588
  • Greektown, $1,297,222
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Mark Ashenfelter

Mark Ashenfelter is a Connecticut-based sportswriter and editor who has covered everything from NASCAR to the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles. A life-long Philadelphia sports fan, in addition to Penn State football and the Baltimore Orioles, he's previously worked at ESPN, NASCAR Scene magazine and the Daily Local News in Chester County, PA.