PHOENIX – November 2, 2017 – Arizona Department of Gaming officials announced today the third consecutive increase in quarterly, statewide tribal gaming contributions. A 4.8 percent increase as compared with the same quarter last year, tribal contributions to the State from gaming revenue totaled more than $26.3 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, which ended September 30, 2017.
“Second quarter fiscal year 2018 tribal gaming contributions are on track to provide more than $1 million dollars over first quarter contributions, continuing the upward trend and providing a positive indicator about the health of Arizona’s economy,” said Daniel Bergin, Director of the Arizona Department of Gaming. “Tribal gaming contributions fund a wide range of important programs for Arizonans and our visitors.”
ADG will distribute quarterly tribal contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund as follows:
|Instructional Improvement Fund/Education:||$13,129,469|
|Trauma and Emergency Services Fund:||$6,564,735
|Arizona Department of Gaming operating costs:||$2,370,891|
|Arizona Wildlife Conservation Fund:||$1,875,638|
|State Tourism Fund:||$1,875,638|
|Problem Gambling Education, Treatment and Prevention:||$526,865|
|TOTAL tribal contributions for the quarter ending September 30, 2017:||$26,343,236|
Established by the Arizona State Legislature in 1995, the Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) is the state regulatory agency for tribal gaming, pari-mutuel racing and wagering, and boxing and mixed martial arts. ADG also provides and supports awareness, prevention and treatment programs for people and families affected by problem gambling through its Division of Problem Gambling.
In partnership with Arizona’s tribes, ADG regulates Indian gaming under the Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compact. Tribes with casinos contribute 1 to 8 percent of their Class III gross gaming revenue to the state, cities, towns and counties. Currently, there are 24 Class III casinos in the state. Tribes send contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund every three months.
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Arizona Indian Gaming Association represents 15 tribes representing Indian people living on reservations in Arizona. While four tribes are located near urban areas, most tribal lands are located in remote areas of Arizona.