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MONTANA CASHING IN ON GAMBLING

Nov 9, 2001 10:21 PM

Gambling now represents a significant portion of the Montana state budget, particularly in the Butte area.

Taxes paid on gambling machine revenue brought nearly $1.7 million into the Butte-Silver Bow general fund this year, according to the Gaming Industry Association of Montana.

The Montana Standard newspaper reported that the state received about $41.6 million from video slot machines and the subsequent taxes, slight increase of about $1,300 from last year's earnings.

"It just shows the industry is reaching maturity," said Rich Miller, executive director of the State Gaming Industry Association.