By CBS Baltimore Staff

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland casinos set record revenues last month.

The Maryland Lottery reported Monday that the state’s six casinos raised about $169.2 million in the month of March. The record amount was reached after the lifting of capacity restrictions.

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The total represents an increase of about $5.9 million, compared to March of 2019, the previous record.

The state’s 50% capacity restriction for casinos was lifted on March 12, with two exceptions. Under local jurisdiction orders, MGM National Harbor’s capacity was raised from 25% to 50% on March 12, and Horseshoe Casino’s capacity was raised from 25% to 50% on March 26.

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The remaining four casinos have no capacity limitations, but not all slot machine and table game seats can be occupied because all casinos must continue to comply with social-distancing guidelines.

Casino revenue to the state totaled about $71 million last month. That’s an increase of about $3.6 million, compared to how much the state raised from casino revenue in March 2019.

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