August 19, 2015
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is owed a scheduled payment of $7 million from the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians. However, the tribe refuses to pay.
The state began operating Electronic Pull-Tabs and an Online Lottery. The tribe believes that the state is in violation of the 2007 gaming compact and they do not need to pay.
Before the online sales of lottery tickets took place, both the state and the tribe met to discuss the issue. The lottery is seen as a game of chance and therefore under the current gaming compact, the tribe is allowed to reduce the payments made to the state.
$16 million has been made in revenue since August 2014 when the lottery sales began.
Social clubs have been offering the pull tab machines. 40 machines are in operation.
December 2014 was the last time the tribe made a payment.
Michigan depends on the money from the casino payments for part of the budget for the state.
An average of $13 million of the budget comes from the payment from the Gun Lake Casino.
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