Revenue Potential

The average establishment with gaming in Illinois earns about $71,000 per year!
*Based on the 2018 Illinois Gaming Board annual revenue report

The Video Gaming Act has outlined revenue distribution in this way: Net Terminal Income (NTI) is defined as the money put into a VGT minus the credits paid to the player. The State receives 29% of the NTI generated from each licensed VGT (of that, 5% goes to the local municipality). Of the remaining 66% of NTI, a company called Scientific Games receives 0.8513% as compensation for maintaining the Central Communications System [CCS], which all VGTs connect to. The remainder is divided equally between the Terminal Operator (who owns/leases and places the VGTs in locations) and the licensed location.

  • Establishments – 32.57435%
  • Operator – 32.57435%
  • State – 29%
  • Municipality – 5%
  • SciGames – 0.8513%

(1) Splits current as of 7/1/20 and subject to change.

chart - game parlour machines in Illinois

All splits current as of 7/1/20 and subject to change.

How much does it cost you?


– Annual $100 video gaming license.
– Annual $100 per VGT State fee.
– Municipality licensing costs, if any.


Power for the machines.


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