"The Wall Street Journal" reports most of those states are now hurting as casino revenues tumble. Nationwide gaming income to states fell two-point-two-percent in 2008, to five-point-seven-billion dollars after seeing a massive 65-percent increase between 1998 and 2008.
At one point, states were collecting nearly 24-billion dollars a year just in gambling related taxes and lottery income.
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government in New York says a sampling of 20 state lotteries saw 13 reporting year-over-year declines in revenue for the fiscal year that ended this past June.
Nevada has been especially hard hit with gambling tax revenues off 15-percent for the fiscal year that ended in June. That caused a 10-percent drop in the gambling mecca's overall revenue.
Only Utah and Hawaii are immune to the financial carnage. Neither allows gambling, neither has a state lottery.
Tickets sales are expected to begin next month in Arkansas' newly formed state lottery.
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