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Impact of betting in Arizona reaches $4.75B, supporting over 38,000 jobs

Tax impact and tribal revenue share of $691.4 million
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Posted at 10:56 AM, Feb 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-18 18:56:14-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The economic impact of betting in Arizona has reached $4.75 billion, supporting over 38,000 jobs.

This data comes from the American Gaming Association which explores the national and state-by-state impact of the casino gaming industry.

Across Arizona's 24 casinos, the association found the following:

  • $691.4 million taxed and shared with tribes
  • Direct gross gaming revenue of $1.9 billion

It also recognized Tucson as one of four areas in the Grand Canyon state for having a significant amount of casino activity.

A breakdown of how the state uses revenue collected is explained as:

  • 88% goes toward the Arizona Benefits Fund (ABF)
  • 12% allocated to cities, towns or counties for government services or deposits into the Commerce and Economic Development Commission Local Communities Fund

The association clarifies a portion of the money contributed to the ABF helps fund responsible gaming programs in the state.

According to the Arizona Indian Gaming Association, this 88% is divided among the following six different entities:

  • 2% for problem gambling
  • 8% for the Arizona Tourism Fund
  • 8% for the Wildlife Conservation Fund
  • 9% for running the ABF
  • 28% for Trauma and Emergency Services Fund
  • 56% for Educational Improvement Fund

All data collected is current as of Friday, Dec. 31, 2021.