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Sports betting in Arizona doesn't generate a lot of revenue

After a little over six months of sports betting becoming operational in the state, there’s a big disparity in the amount of money waged versus the tax revenue gained.

The odds are certain when it comes to betting on the lottery versus sports in Arizona. That’s according to the most recent report from the state’s department of gaming.

“In the last quarter of 2021, Arizona only brought in about $5 million of total revenue despite having almost $1.5 billion of bets being made,” said Victor Matheson, Holy Cross professor of economics and accounting.  

He added a person who bets $10 on the lottery each week nets Arizona about $3 in tax revenue versus the same $10 in sports betting, which only raises about 10 cents.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the amount of time sports betting became operational in Arizona.

Tom Maxedon was the host of KJZZ’s Weekend Edition from 2017 to 2024.