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Major events in Michigan gaming history


The Michigan State Fairgrounds is the first pari-mutuel meeting in the state


Northville Downs opens in August


Jackson Harness Raceway opens in September


Hazel Park opens for Thoroughbred racing in August


Detroit Race Course opens for both Thoroughbred and harness racing


Hazel Park adds harness racing


Voters approve a state lottery and ticket sales begin in November


The Lottery introduces instant tickets in October


Saginaw Harness Raceway opens in May


Charitable gaming is authorized


Last year of Thoroughbred racing at Hazel Park
The Lottery introduces Lotto and sets a nationwide record for first-week sales
King’s Club Casino opens in July as the first tribal blackjack casino in the country


Hazel Park offers harness racing exclusively
With new ownership, Detroit Race Course is renamed Ladbroke DRC and switches to Thoroughbred racing exclusively
Mount Pleasant Meadows opens in June


Sports Creek Raceway opens in November


Muskegon Raceway opens for harness racing in May


Tribal-state gaming compacts are signed with seven tribes


Bay Mills Casino opens in November


The Lottery is one of the founding members of The Big Game (now Mega Millions)
Voters approve three Detroit casinos


Last year of harness racing at Muskegon


Last year of racing at Ladbroke DRC
Four tribal-state gaming compacts are signed


Great Lakes Downs opens for Thoroughbred racing in April on the former Muskegon site
MGM Grand Detroit opens in July
MotorCity Casino opens in December
Little River Casino opens


Greektown Casino opens in November


The Lottery introduces Club Keno and pulltabs for bars and restaurants


Last year of racing at Saginaw


Last year of racing at Great Lakes Downs
Odawa Casino Resort opens in June
A tribal-state compact is signed with the Gun Lake Band


Last year of racing at Jackson Harness Raceway
Pinnacle Race Course opens for Thoroughbred racing in July


FireKeepers Casino opens in August


Last year of racing at Pinnacle Race Course


The Gun Lake Casino opens in February
Four Winds Casino Hartford opens in August


Four Winds Casino Dowagiac opens in April


Mount Pleasant Meadows closes in February
The Lottery begins offering instant games and instant keno online in August
The Lottery launches MONOPOLY Millionaires' Club with 22 other lotteries on October 19; the game was discontinued in December


Sports Creek Raceway closes for good at the beginning of the year
The Lottery launches the multi-state game Lucky for Life in January


In January, four of the Lottery's terminal-based games are added to the menu of games available for Internet play

Online gaming

The Michigan Lottery began selling instant games and instant keno online in August 2014. In January 2016, four of the Lottery's terminal-based games were added to the online menu -- Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto 47 and Fantasy 5. Only Michigan residents, located within the state, are able to purchase games online.

Casinos and casino-style gaming

Michigan has three Detroit casinos, authorized by voters in 1996. MGM Grand Detroit was the first casino to open in July 1999.

Greektown Casino & Hotel – 2,680 slots, 68 tables
MGM Grand Detroit Casino & Hotel – 4,153 slots, 105 tables
MotorCity Casino & Hotel – 2,891 slots, 69 tables

Michigan Gaming Control Board
3062 West Grand Boulevard, Suite L-700
Detroit, MI 48202-6062
Phone (313) 456-4100
Fax (313) 456-4200


Tribal gaming

Michigan has a well-developed tribal gaming industry. There are 12 tribes with Class III gaming compacts and they operate 22 casinos.

Bay Mills Indian Community – Bay Mills Resort & Casino and King’s Club Casino
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Michigan – Leelanau Sands Casino and Turtle Creek Casino
Hannahville Indian Community – Island Resort & Casino
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community – Ojibwa Casino and Bingo and Ojibwa Casino and Resort Marquette
Lac Vieux Desert Tribal Council – Lac Vieux Desert Casino and Bingo
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians – Little River Casino
Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians – Odawa Casino Resort
Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan (Gun Lake Band) – Gun Lake Casino
Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi – Firekeepers Casino
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan and Indiana – Four Winds Casino Resort New Buffalo, Four Winds Casino Dowagiac, Four Winds Casino Resort Hartford
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan – Saganing Eagle’s Landing Casino, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort and Soaring Eagle-Slot Palace and Bingo Hall
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan – Kewadin Casino Christmas, Kewadin Casino Hessel, Kewadin Casino Sault Ste. Marie, Kewadin Casino Manistique and Kewadin Casino St. Ignace

The Michigan Gaming Control Board has oversight responsibility for tribal gaming operations.



The Michigan Lottery began operations on November 13, 1972. The current game offerings include instant tickets and pulltabs, Powerball, Mega Millions, Lucky for Life, Lotto 47, Fantasy 5, Poker Lotto, Daily 3, Daily 4, daily keno and club keno. The lottery also offers limited-run raffle games. Select games were offered for sale online, to Michigan residents only, beginning in August 2014.

Lottery proceeds benefit the state School Aid Fund, which supports public education programs throughout Michigan.

Michigan Lottery
101 E. Hillsdale
Lansing, MI 48909  
Phone (517) 335-5600
Fax (517) 335-5644


Pari-mutuel facilities

Pari-mutuel wagering was legalized in 1933. There are currently only two operating racetracks left in the state.

Hazel Park Harness Raceway
1650 East Ten Mile Road
Hazel Park, MI 48030

Northville Downs
301 South Center Street
Northville, MI 48167

Michigan Gaming Control Board
3062 West Grand Boulevard, Suite L-700
Detroit, MI 48202-6062
Phone (313) 456-4100
Fax (313) 456-4200


Charitable gaming

Qualified organizations are authorized to offer bingo, charitable game tickets (pulltabs), millionaire parties (Las Vegas nights including Texas Hold’em) and raffles.

Michigan Lottery
Charitable Gaming Division
101 E. Hillsdale
Lansing, MI 48933
Phone (517) 335-5780
Fax (517) 267-2285


Last updated on April 2, 2016