Nevada: Credit locals’ slot play, stimulus checks for Nevada’s win streak: GCB analyst Ray Hagar, Nevada Newsmakers · October 13, 2021 at 3:02 pm Nevada’s gaming industry is on an historic run, tallying $1 billion or more in gaming win in each of the last six months. Gaming’s good fortune caught experts by surprise. Nevada’s No. 1 industry was coming off of a drastic slowdown in 2020 because of the covid pandemic — including a 78-day span when all casinos were closed by mandate from Gov. Steve Sisolak. “I was shocked,” Michael Lawton, a senior economic analyst for the Gaming Control Board, said on Nevada Newsmakers. “If you would have told me at the end of 2020 or even at the beginning of 2021, that we would be here today talking about this streak of $1 billion in gaming win, I would have laughed at you.” “I didn’t see it coming,” Lawton told host Sam Shad.