Video gaming numbers

Photo of a casino slot machine. The machine has bars and sevens in view, with the middle one still spinning.

Over the past year in some of the biggest cities in the Illinois Valley, gamblers lost nearly $20 million.

During the 12 month period ending with this November, gamblers in Ottawa lost $5.8 million on video gambling machines. Streator wasn’t far behind, with $5.3 million lost.

Peru and La Salle also cashed out several million dollars less than they put in. Peru players lost more than $4.3 million while La Salle losses were a little less, at $3.7 million.

The cities those machines are located in did see some of those losses. About $963,000 went to the cities that host the machines.

Recommended for you