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Record gambling revenues help state budget

As brutal as the drop in annual revenues has been on the state budget since the 2013 income tax cuts, things would be worse if not for the state-owned casinos and the Kansas Lottery. The fiscal year that ended June 30 even set a record for the state on gambling revenue, with $75 million going to the state from lottery ticket sales and $80 million from the three casinos. Half of the latter cash came from the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, with another $5.4 million split among the Sedgwick County, Sumner County and Mulvane governments. By law, the state claims 22 percent of the revenue from the three casinos and 2 percent goes to help problem gamblers, with a whopping 73 percent going to the casino management companies. – Rhonda Holman