About Us

West Virginia Gaming and Racing Association

Protect and Promote the Well-being of West Virginia

The West Virginia Gaming and Racing Association (WVGRA) is an industry trade organization for the state’s gaming and racing industry and associated professionals. Formed in 1989, the WVGRA represents four gaming and racing license-holders: Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races; Mardi Gras Casino and Resort; Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort; and Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack.

The mission of the WVGRA is three-fold: to protect our jobs, our investments, and our ability to generate millions of dollars of funding each year for critically needed programs and services from which West Virginians benefit. The WVGRA aims to communicate how the industry significantly supports and promotes West Virginia’s economy as the revenue generated goes to just about everything in the state, from education to tourism to senior services.

With an economic impact in excess of $1 billion annually, the video lottery and racing industry represents a critical economic pillar and is a large source of state revenue. However, the industry simply cannot afford any additional burdens. It is our hope that by creating awareness about the industry, its benefits, and contributions in West Virginia, our legislators, and other state leaders will be able to make informed, fact-based decisions about the significance of the industry and our sustainability in the future.