The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi will give back almost $22 million.

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When the house wins, we all win! You may think casinos rake in the money, but did you know they give it back?

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP), owners of Firekeeper's Casino Hotel in Battle Creek announced that it has established a new annual record with $21.9 million in payments to the State of Michigan and the FireKeepers Local Revenue Sharing Board (FLRSB).

The FLRSB will divvy up $5.3 million to Battle Creek and Marshall area schools and government agencies with $16.6 million going to the State of Michigan.

Today, the sovereign nation of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi and its principal economic engine, FireKeepers Casino Hotel, announce its single largest compact contribution of $22 million dollars to the State of Michigan and the FireKeepers Local Revenue Sharing Board.  We take great honor fulfilling a promise of our original intentions before the first brick was laid.

-Homer A. Mandoka, Tribal Council Chair of the NHBP

This brings the total monies the NHBP has contributed to the State of Michigan to $90 million and $32.2 million to the FLRSB, and creates a combined contribution which exceeds $122 million since FireKeepers Casino Hotel opened in August 2009.

Bonus Photo Gallery: Josh Turner at Firekeeper's Casino, Valentine's Day 2015