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Sin Taxes, Percentage of Revenue: 4.93%
Total Sin Tax Revenue (2012): $121.1 million
While revenue from alcohol and cigarettes has grown 108.69 percent in Montana over the past decade, the real standout in sin taxes is a 15 percent tax collection from video gambling machines. In 2012 the state generated $53.7 million from such taxes, up 8.7 percent from a year earlier. That compares with $79.3 million from alcohol taxes and $421 million from tobacco taxes.