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Arizona Casinos Give $9.9 Million in Revenue

28 January 2005

ARIZONA – As reported by the Tuscan Citizen: "Arizona's Indian tribes with casinos gave $9.9 million in gaming revenue to the Arizona Department of Gaming covering the quarter running from October through December. This is about a 50 percent increase over the $6.7 million from the same quarter the previous year, the state reported yesterday.

"The state's gaming tribes, including the local Tohono O'odham and Pascua Yaqui, have given the state $86 million in the nearly two years since Proposition 202. The 2002 ballot measure allowed tribes to add blackjack and more slot machines in exchange for opening casino books to state audit and sharing between 1 percent and 8 percent of their gaming win.

"The $9.9 million is far less than the record $18.7 million for July to September 2004 because of state revenue-sharing program quirks.

"…Schools in Arizona get about half the casino money, or $4.3 million for the October-December quarter…"

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