||FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 27, 2005
FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:
Mary J. Egr Edson, State Tax Commissioner
James Haynes, Director of Charitable Gaming
CHARITABLE GAMING ACTIVITY JANUARY 1 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2005
LINCOLN -- The Nebraska Department of Revenue Charitable Gaming Division reports that total dollars wagered on charitable gaming activities for the period January 1, 2005 through March 31, 2005 were $64,982,509, which is over a 2.4% increase from the prior quarter. When compared to the same quarter in 2004, the amount wagered for the quarter ending March 31, 2005, represents a 4.0% decrease.
County/city lottery (keno), the highest grossing charitable gaming activity, increased 1.8% from the previous quarter with gross wagering of $47,199,906. This was a decrease of 0.9% from the same quarter in 2004. Pickle cards had gross proceeds of $13,069,310 for the quarter. This is a 7.9% increase from the previous quarter although it is a 12.8% decrease from the same quarter in 2004. Bingo gross receipts of $3,452,863 for the quarter were down 4.5% from the previous quarter and were also down 13.2% from the same quarter in 2004. Lottery/raffle activity was the lowest in gross wagering at $1,260,430. This was a decrease of 6.6% from the prior quarter and a 19.6% increase from the same quarter in 2004.
The highest amount wagered on charitable gaming activities in Nebraska was during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1994. Comparing this peak year to the 12 months ending March 31, 2005, the decreases in pickle card gross wagering were 71%, in bingo 40%, and in keno over 10%.
Combined charitable gaming activities generated taxes and fees of $1,403,151 for the last reporting quarter. Of that amount, $11,165 were license fees paid this quarter.
Mary J. Egr Edson
State Tax Commissioner
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