Jun 22, 2001 8:09 PM

Mississippi gaming win was up 7.2 percent in May to $237.6 million.

The increase was the strongest statewide in more than a year, according to the Mississippi Gaming Association, a trade group representing the state's casino operators.

The Gulf Coast casinos paced the jump over April's flat revenues, suggesting the state may be moving off a sluggish spring. The coast reported a 13 percent increase in year-over-year results.

The river counties had a 4 percent increase year over year.

Statewide win was up 8 percent over May 2000.

Observers remain cautious, however, as summer unfolds, and reports indicate June visitations have been slower than hoped for so far.