The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board says racetracks around the state paid out more than $195 million in purses last year. That's up $62 million from the winnings paid out in 2006.
Racetrack gaming director Melinda Tucker says that's a positive, as money from purses tends to be injected back into the state's economy.
But while winnings are on the rise, betting is declining, dropping $241 million since 2006. Some regulators say that a down economy is to blame.