Massive Difference Between payout and expected

issue:
There is a massive difference between what the pending rewards say and what is actually received. It used to not do this but recently (past 3 months or so) it has been saying things like 25+ BAT expected reward and only paying out like .25 or something around there. This has been the case for the past 3 months or so and it used to not do this. Nothing has really changed on my end either, including connection types. It has been paying out monthly contribs, but now I’m running low (2.5) as what is coming in is not representative of what it says I should be getting OR what I really should be getting. (I am getting more than enough ads).

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What Operating System and Brave version are you using (Menu --> About Brave)?
Windows 10 Education (lol, just treat it like Windows 10 pro)
Is your browser wallet currently verified? (yes/no)
Nope.
Have you been able to successfully receive payments in the past?
Yes!
Are you using a VPN? (yes/no)
Sometimes
Are you in a supported region (see here for list of supported regions)?
Yes.

Have you manually turned off Auto-contribute on all of your devices linked to Uphold??
No uphold wallet linked.

Might I add that the 12.661 this month is much lower than what it said last month, and yet it paid out much less last month than those monthly tips you see.