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Tribal gaming contributions to state dip 3.5 %

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Posted: Monday, May 3, 2010 4:28 pm | Updated: 3:23 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The Arizona Department of Gaming said Monday it received $21.3 million in tribal contributions from gambling revenue for the

the quarter that ended March 31.

Mark Brnovich, department director, said the contribution was 3.5 percent less than the same period last year. But he said gaming operations are making a comeback from a tough economy.

“Tribes are making significant investments in updated facilities and technologies to provide more entertainment options while continuing to fund vital programs for Arizona,” he said.

The money from the tribes will fund education, trauma and emergency services, the Department of Gaming, the Arizona wildlife conservation, tourism and problem gambling education, treatment and prevention.

The department regulates Indian gaming. Under the Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compact, tribes with casinos contribute one to eight percent of their Class III gross gaming revenue to the state, cities, towns and counties.

Class III gaming includes slot machines, jackpot poker, blackjack, keno and off-track pari-mutual betting.

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