West Virginia, according to the AP, now rivals Nevada in the share of gambling revenue it relies upon for its general spending budget.

A new report also ranks the Mountain State tops for the growth in its reliance on gambling dollars.

West Virginia has a traditional lottery in addition to 20,000 video lottery machines.

Many of the lottery machines are at the state's race tracks, but others are in gambling parlors.

Yesterday's report came from the Rockefeller Institute of Government, saying gambling revenues equaled nearly 9 percent of the state's 2006 general revenue budget.

Only one state had a larger share, Nevada, at 13.4 percent.

West Virginia's reliance on such revenues grew by 6.4 percent between 1998 and 2006, the most of any state, says the report.

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