The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association says the pandemic has caused a drop in fees paid to the state.
In total, the tribes paid the state about $123 million in fees this fiscal year which is down from $150 million last fiscal year. Payments dropped off sharply in March when tribal casinos closed because of the pandemic. They began to increase again when casinos re-opened, but are still less than last year.
Gaming Association officials say tribal gaming was on pace to pay between $155 and $165 million, which would have been a record. For more information on OIGA CLICK HERE