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Casino plays for high school sports

WAYLAND, MI (WXMI/CNN) – A high school has hit the jackpot, thanks to a revenue-sharing check with a casino.

In Wayland, MI, the Wayland Union Public Schools received $194,000 from the Gun Lake Casino. With the huge dividends, parents are keeping more money in their pockets, since the money will be used for the athletic program.

"It all came down to the revenue sharing board, once we gave them the money, they decided what was best," said Gun Lake Casino's Carter Pavey. "We're glad that they saw fit to take care of the kids."

The casino opened six months ago and instead of paying property taxes, the tribe shared revenue with organizations. Wayland Public Schools received nearly $200,000.

"It's really a great benefit for all of our families and students in our district because in these tough times schools are struggling, families are struggling and any extra shot in the arm we can get is fantastic," said Superintendent Norm Taylor.

With no more "pay to play," kids will be encourage to get involved in athletics, especially kids who maybe could not afford it last year.

"I think so, because I don't know how many we lose," Taylor said. " It's always a million-dollar question I think we do because its tough for people to say, hey, we can't afford it, they're just not going to do that."

The school district is considering using some of the money to start a scholarship fund. The casino is expected to donate a canine to the Allegan County Sheriff's department.

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