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Arizona Q4 Tribal Contributions Put Total To Arizona Benefits Fund Over $2 Billion Since 2004

Written By Katarina Vojvodic on June 26, 2023
Tribal Gaming Contributions in Arizona

The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) released its report for Q4 of Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. As the ADG announced last week, the state generated $42.2 million in tribal gaming contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund for the quarter.

This milestone backs another year of record tribal gaming in Arizona contributions to the state’s Benefits Fund, with more than $153 million collected in FY 2023.

Moreover, the Arizona Benefits Fund gathered over $2.03 billion since 2004.

Tribal contributions broke previous record

The ADG’s latest report shows tribal gaming contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund were $42,177,864 million for the last quarter of FY 2023. The figure represents a yearly 23.9% increase compared to the same quarter of FY 2022.

Jackie Johnson, director of the Arizona Department of Gaming, said in a news release:

“Tribal gaming in Arizona continues to impress, with tribal contributions shattering the previous record by nearly $30 million this fiscal year. This record 23.9% increase not only further supports Arizona education, healthcare, tourism, and wildlife conservation, but contributes critical funds that aid tribal communities throughout the state.

I am proud of the hard work and partnership between ADG and our tribal gaming partners to make this fiscal year a success and I look forward to the future of Arizona tribal gaming.”

During the previous quarter, Arizona tribal gambling contributed over $27.6 million.

Tribal gambling in Arizona, Q4 FY 2023 breakdown

According to the Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compact, tribes with casinos contribute a share of their Class III gross gaming revenue (GGR) to the state, cities, towns and counties. ADG and Arizona tribe regulate and control 25 Class III casinos in Arizona.

Tribal gaming contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund for the fourth quarter of the state’s FY 2023 include:

  • Instructional Improvement Fund/Education: $21,417,251
  • Trauma and Emergency Services Fund: $10,510,724
  • Arizona Department of Gaming Operating Costs: $3,444,877
  • Arizona Wildlife Conservation Fund: $3,003,064
  • Tourism Fund: $3,003,064
  • Problem Gambling Education, Treatment and Prevention: $798,884

The Arizona Benefits Fund receives 88% of tribal gaming contributions, providing a significant amount of money to support instructional improvement throughout the state. The money goes toward:

  • Schools
  • Trauma and emergency care
  • Tourism
  • Wildlife conservation

The ADG, established in 1995, is the regulatory agency for tribal gaming, racing and pari-mutuel/simulcast wagering, and unarmed combat sports. ADG also provides education, prevention and treatment through its Division of Problem Gambling and 24-hour confidential helpline, 1-800-NEXT-STEP.

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Katarina Vojvodic is a lead writer for PlayUSA who lives in Toronto. Vojvodic provides coverage of the US gambling industry with a focus on US online casinos. Previously, she covered Ontario’s online gambling industry for Vojvodic holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Belgrade. Outside working hours, she can be found near the water with her husband and their two kids.

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