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Major events in Maine gaming history

1849

Maplewood Park opens

1875

Racing begins at the Cumberland Fair

1919

Maplewood becomes Bangor Raceway

1935

Pari-mutuel wagering is legalized

1950

Scarborough Downs opens for Thoroughbred racing in July

1967

Last year of racing at Gorham Raceway

1969

Scarborough Downs adds harness racing

1973

The Penobscot High Stakes Bingo hall opens
Scarborough Downs switches to harness racing exclusively

1974

The Lottery begins ticket sales in June

1985

 In April, the Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont Lotteries form the Tri-State Lotto Compact, the first multi-state lottery group in the U.S.
Tri-State Megabucks is launched in September

1989

Last year of racing at Lewiston

1990

The Lottery begins Lotto America in July

1991

The legislature approves off-track wagering

1992

The Lottery drops out of Lotto America in April

1993

The first off-track wagering locations open

2003

Voters approve slot machines at tracks subject to local voter approval
Bangor voters approve, Scarborough voters reject slots

2004

Powerball sales begin in July

2005

Slot machines begin at Bangor Raceway in November

2008

Scarborough voters reject slots again

2010

Voters approve a casino in Oxford

2011

Penobscot County voters approve table games at the Bangor casino
Voters reject casino proposals in Lewiston, Biddeford and Calais

2012

Hollywood Casino in Bangor adds table games in March
In March, the Lottery replaces Weekly Grand with Lucky For Life, a New England regional game
Oxford Casino opens June 5

2013

In May, the Lottery launches Gimme 5, a Tri-State game with New Hampshire and Vermont

2014

The Lottery launches MONOPOLY Millionaires' Club with 22 other lotteries on October 19; the game was discontinued in December

2016

The Lottery launches World Poker Tour in August

Casinos and casino-style gaming

Slot machines at racetracks were approved by statewide referendum in November 2003, subject to further vote at the local level. Bangor is the only locality to approve the machines. Hollywood Slots at Bangor Raceway opened in November 2005. In November 2011, county voters approved the addition of 14 table games to the facility. Elsewhere, voters narrowly approved a casino in Oxford in November 2010, and the facility opened in June 2012.

Locations:
Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway Bangor – 778 slots, 18 tables
Oxford Casino– 871 slots, 28 tables

Department of Public Safety
Gambling Control Board
45 Commerce Drive
Augusta, Maine 04333-0087
Phone (207) 626-3900
Fax (207) 287-4356

 

Tribal gaming

One tribe conducts high-stakes bingo in Maine.

Penobscot Indian Nation – Penobscot High Stakes Bingo

 

Lottery

The Maine State Lottery began operations in June 1974. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, Tri-State Megabucks Plus, Hot Lotto Sizzler, Gimme 5, Lucky For Life, World Poker Tour, Pick 3 and Pick 4.

The majority of the Lottery’s proceeds help a variety of significant projects through the Maine General Fund. Specific instant tickets benefit the Outdoor Heritage Fund.
 
Maine State Lottery  
10 Water Street
Hallowell, ME 04347
Phone (207) 287-3721

 

Pari-mutuel facilities

Maine has two major racetracks and a number of fair facilities; all offer harness racing. Off-track wagering was authorized in 1991 and there are currently four OTB locations, in Brunswick, Lewiston, Sanford and Waterville.

Bangor Historic Track
Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway
500 Main Street
Bangor, ME 04401

Scarborough Downs
90 Payne Road
Scarborough, ME 04070

Racing Fairs: Cumberland Fair, Farmington Fair, Fryeburg Fair, Northern Maine Fair, Oxford County Fair, Skowhegan State Fair, Topsham Fair, Union Fair, Windsor Fair

Maine Harness Racing Commission
Maine Department of Agriculture, Food & Rural Resources
28 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0028
Phone (207) 287-3221
Fax (207) 287-7548

 

Charitable gaming

Beano (bingo), pulltabs, raffles, games of chance and tournament games including poker are allowed in Maine. Licenses are issued by the Chief of the State Police, who may issue licenses to operate beano or bingo games to any volunteer fire department, agricultural fair association or bona fide nonprofit charitable, educational, political, civic, recreational, fraternal, patriotic or religious organization.

Department of Public Safety
Gaming & Weapons Section
164 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0164
Phone (207) 624-7210

 

Last updated on March 18, 2017