Gila River Gaming Enterprises, Inc., operator of the three Gila River Casinos Phoenix-area properties – Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, Lone Butte Casino, and Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino – announced today that it is currently accepting applications from Arizona nonprofit organizations to be eligible to receive the unclaimed gaming jackpots.

“Gila River Hotels & Casinos is proud to be a trusted philanthropic partner with the State of Arizona,” said Kenneth Manuel, CEO of Gila River Gaming Enterprises, Inc. “It is our privilege to provide these funds to such incredible nonprofit organizations that benefit the lives of Arizonans.”

Gila River Hotels & Casinos distributes the combined total of its unclaimed jackpots from the most recent fiscal year to Arizona nonprofit organizations. Gila River Hotels & Casinos is currently in quarter four of its fiscal year and has yet to tally the total of its annual unclaimed jackpots.

All Arizona based nonprofit organizations recognized with 501c3 status by the IRS are eligible to apply to receive these funds. This includes 501c3 nonprofit organizations located on the Gila River Indian Community.

To receive consideration for receipt of forfeited jackpot funds, organizations must submit the required paperwork before August 18, 2017. To apply, nonprofits must submit:

·      Letter of consideration from the organization

·      501c3 IRS letter

·      A current Signed W-9

·      Any information on the organization that they wish to be considered in their application

Arizona-based 501c3 nonprofit organizations interested in applying for consideration of forfeited jackpot funds may submit paperwork to Manuel Hernandez, Community Liaison for Gila River Hotels & Casinos. Mr. Hernandez can be reached via email at or by phone at 1.800.946.4452 ext 7347.

Submission of the paperwork does not guarantee receipt of a forfeited jackpot, however organizations, that have not submitted may be considered.

Distribution of funds from forfeited jackpots will be handled by the corporate finance department of Gila River Hotels & Casinos in accordance with standard operating procedure. These funds become available on an intermittent basis and amounts and distribution times will vary.