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Pennsylvania's Sports Betting Rises Amid March Madness

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Morry Gash
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AP
Virginia players celebrates after defeating Texas Tech 85-77 in the overtime in the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis.

Sports betting leaped by almost one-third in Pennsylvania's fourth full month, as more venues opened amid March Madness.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Tuesday that gamblers bet a record $44.5 million in March at six casinos and two off-track betting parlors where sports betting is approved. That was above $31.5 million bet in February, which had three fewer days.

Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh led with almost $12 million in bets. SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia was second with just over $9 million and Parx Casino in suburban Philadelphia was third with $8 million. The casinos made $5.5 million, while $2 million went to taxes.

For comparison, New Jersey's casino and racetrack-based sports books handled $372 million in bets in March, amid a blizzard of bets from college basketball fans.