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The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
State and Local Finance: State Gambling Revenue

State Gambling Revenue

State Revenues from Gambling Show Weakness Despite Gambling Expansion

States’ revenues from gambling showed soft growth at 0.6 percent in fiscal 2014, despite expansion of various gambling activities in recent years. In fiscal 2014, revenue collections from lotteries and racinos grew by 0.6 and 1.5 percent, respectively, while revenue collections from casinos declined by 1.4 percent. The expansion of gambling across the nation created stiff competition for certain regions of the nation and heightened rivalry for the same pool of consumers.

Back in the Black: States' Gambling Revenues Rose in 2010

State and local governments' revenues from gambling rose 2 percent in fiscal year 2010 compared to the previous year, following an unprecedented dip, according to this Institute report. Nonetheless, total revenues from gambling remained lower than in fiscal year 2008. Pennsylvania accounted for nearly half the nationwide growth in 2010.

Safe Bet: More State-Sponsored Gambling

Gambling revenues are a small share of state budgets. Yet they are a steady revenue stream that can be easier to expand than taxes, this former New York Lottery Director writes. In this guest essay, he analyzes resulting issues, including the role of the federal government as the Internet and new gaming technologies make state borders less relevant.
Jeff Perlee, October 2009

For the First Time, a Smaller Jackpot: Trends in State Revenues
from Gambling

State and local gambling revenues dropped 2.8 percent in 2009, according to preliminary data in this report. The drop is the first in at least three decades. In the past year, at least 25 states have considered expanding gambling operations.
Lucy Dadayan and Robert B. Ward, September 21, 2009
Presentation to the New Hampshire Gaming Study Commission, Robert B. Ward, October 6, 2009
Presentation to Stop Predatory Gambling, Lucy Dadayan, November 9, 2009

From a Bonanza to a Blue Chip? Gambling Revenue to the States

For more than two decades, states saw lotteries and casinos as a bonanza of new dollars for education and other programs. Gambling revenue is now at an all-time high, but growth is slowing due to objections about social impacts and broader economic trends. And the report shows that states vary widely in their reliance on gambling revenues.
Lucy Dadayan, Nino Giguashvili, and Robert B. Ward, June 19, 2008
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