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Arizona Tribes Help Fuel State Benefits Fund With Over $27 Million

Written By Nicholaus Garcia on March 31, 2023
Tribal Arizona Gambling Contributes Over $27M State Benefits Fund

According to the Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG), contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund are steadily increasing.

Recent data shows tribal gambling in Arizona contributed over $27 million, a 19.9% increase compared to the same quarter of FY 2022.

The ADG was established by the state legislature in 1995. It is the regulatory agency for tribal gaming, racing and pari-mutuel/simulcast wagering, and unarmed combat sports. The regulatory body also provides responsible gambling services through its Division of Problem Gambling and 24-hour confidential helpline, 1-800-NEXT-STEP.

Tribal gambling contributions increased by almost 20%

In a statement, Jackie Johnson, director of the ADG, said:

“The state of tribal gaming in Arizona continues to impress, with a near 20 percent increase in contributions to the state when compared to quarter three of FY 2022. Since 2004, tribal gaming has contributed over $1.98 billion to the state and its cities, towns and counties.

I look forward to seeing the quarter four release for FY 2023, which will undoubtedly see Arizona surpass a historic milestone of $2 billion in total tribal contributions.”

The Arizona Benefits Fund provides significant dollars to support various segments throughout the state:

  • Instructional improvement in schools
  • Trauma and emergency care
  • Tourism
  • Wildlife conservation  

Tribal gaming operators contribute 88% of their gross gaming revenue (GGR) to the fund. 

Tribal gambling in Arizona, third-quarter breakdown

Per the state-tribal compact, tribes with casinos contribute a percentage of their revenue to the state, cities, towns and counties. Class III gaming includes Arizona sports betting, slot machines and table games.

For Q3 – FY 2023, contributions include:

  • Instructional Improvement Fund/Education – $13,759,623 
  • Trauma and Emergency Services Fund – $6,879,811 
  • Arizona Department of Gaming operating costs – $2,484,683 
  • Arizona Wildlife Conservation Fund – $1,965,660 
  • Tourism Fund – $1,965,660 
  • Problem Gambling Education, Treatment and Prevention – $552,152
  • Total$27,607,589

Speaking of sports betting, to kick off the year, AZ sportsbooks generated $591.2 million in betting handle for January 2023. The three retail sports betting operators, FanDuelBetMGM and Caesars combined for $4.7 million.

The 24 Arizona casinos are overseen by the ADG and tribal entities.

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Nick Garcia is a senior reporter for PlayUSA. Garcia provides analysis and in-depth coverage of the gambling industry with a key focus on online casinos, sports betting and financial markets. Garcia has been covering the US gambling market since 2017. He attended Texas Tech University as an undergrad and received a Master of Arts in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago.

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