Casinos in Arizona owned by Indian tribes, including the Tohono O’odham and the Pascua Yaquis, contributed more than $26.3 million to the state in the quarter that ended Sept. 30.
The Arizona Department of Gaming reported that the recent quarterly contribution represents a 15.4 percent jump this year from $22.8 million in the same period a year ago.
The state’s 22 American Indian casinos contributed $25.5 million to the state during the prior quarter, which ended on June 30.
The fiscal year for accounting of gambling’s contributions begins April 1.
Since voter-approved Proposition 202 went into effect in 2003, the contributions by the state’s 15 tribes with gambling have increased in each consecutive quarter.
Under the tribal-state gambling compacts, tribes in Arizona send their contributions to the state every three months.
Using a sliding scale, tribes pay 1 percent of the first $25 million in net winnings to the state, 3 percent of the next $50 million, 6 percent of the following $25 million, and 8 percent when net winnings exceed $100 million.
That money goes to various state programs; Arizona schools benefit the most.