Kansas Lottery officials say the first state-owned casino has been a winning bet in its first year.

Kansas Lottery officials say the first state-owned casino has been a winning bet in its first year.


Keith Kocher, gaming facilities director for the lottery, says the Boot Hill Casino and Resort in Dodge City generated $36.5 million in revenue since it opened on Dec. 15 of last year. Revenue consultants had predicted the casino would make about $40 million annually.


The casino's second phase, scheduled to be completed next December, will double the gaming floor, add a hotel, a day spa, two more restaurants and lounges.


Dodge City Mayor Kent Smoll told The Wichita Eagle that about 60 percent of the casino's customers are from neighboring states and other counties in Kansas.