State received about $106M from gaming revenues

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A report from the Office of State Finance
indicates that the 29 American Indian tribes that offer gaming
contributed almost $106 million to state coffers during the just-completed fiscal year.

That is a 23 percent increase over the previous year, when the state received about $81 million from the tribes.

Under compacts with the tribes, the state receives a percentage of revenue from card games and Las Vegas-style gaming machines. State Treasurer Scott Meacham says officials don't know what the limit might be for how much the tribes might eventually contribute.

While most of the money goes to education, the first $250,000 goes to the state Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Among the state's tribes, the Chickasaw Nation paid the most at $28.7 million. The Choctaw Nation contributed $21.5 million.

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