Of that, the Washington County Gaming Commission was able to distribute $586,000 to charity.
"There's still an awful lot in there that the clubs get to keep, but there's still an awful lot to be distributed," Tuckwell said.
The commission expects its proceeds to more than double to $1.3 million in fiscal 1997 because of changes made to the gambling law, said Coordinator Kathy Sterling.
She predicts gaming commission receipts to reach $1.75 million in fiscal 1998 and climb to $2.15 million in fiscal 1999.
But Tuckwell worries that nonprofit agencies might start to depend on gambling revenues.
"It may not be there in the future," she said, if the state decides to regulate gambling and take the proceeds.
Most of the tip jar gambling was done at private clubs, the records show.
But at least half of the gaming commission revenue comes from bars, Sterling said.
"They need to be thanked for that," she said.
The bar that raised the most for charity was Harman's Tavern, 502 Salem Ave. in Hagerstown.
Before expenses, the tip jars raised $141,190 on 2,092 tip jars played between July 1, 1995 and June 30, 1996, records show.
"It's like a family bar. They all play," said Donald Weir, one of the owners.
The average bar or restaurant had $29,774 in proceeds before expenses, records show.