Tribal casinos’ payments to Arizona increasing

Phoenix, Arizona (AP) August 2012

Revenue from tribal casinos in Arizona has risen for the eighth consecutive quarter.

The Arizona Department of Gaming reported that the tribes’ payments to the state will be about $25.1 million for the quarter that ended June 30.

That’s a 2.4 percent increase from the same quarter a year earlier.

Money from the payments will be distributed to various special funds including ones for education, emergency services, tourism and gambling prevention.    

The 22 tribal casinos in Arizona pay the state between 1 and 8 percent of their gross revenue from certain types of gambling, such as slot machines and card games.