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Arizona sees rise in revenues from tribal casinos

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Arizona has seen its revenue from tribal casinos rise for the seventh consecutive quarter.

The Arizona Department of Gaming reported Wednesday that tribes’ payments to the state will be about $24.3 million for the quarter that ended March 31.

Gaming Director Mark Brnovich says that’s a 7.4 percent increase from the same quarter a year ago.

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.

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